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Keiser: payroll tax relief bill ‘a major step toward an equitable economic recovery’

Keiser: payroll tax relief bill ‘a major step toward an equitable economic recovery’

OLYMPIA — Washington workers and businesses would see significant cuts to payroll taxes under one of the biggest tax relief bills of the year, filed today by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines). “We have to respond to the continued economic strains on family budgets and business bottom lines around our state,” said Keiser, chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & ...

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Apprenticeship bills promise stronger, more just economy

Apprenticeship bills promise stronger, more just economy

OLYMPIA — Workers in Washington state would benefit from new apprenticeship programs in growing fields, reinvigorated support for existing apprenticeships, and significantly increased state funding for apprentices at public colleges, under two bills scheduled for committee hearings on Thursday. “The ‘earn-while-you-learn’ approach, with both classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training, makes apprenticeships accessible to many—especially women and people of color—who can’t take time off work or afford ...

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Bipartisan group of WA senators to Biden: Don’t abandon Hanford workers

Bipartisan group of WA senators to Biden: Don’t abandon Hanford workers

OLYMPIA — A large bipartisan, bicameral group of Washington state legislators has signed a strong letter of protest urging the Biden administration to withdraw its challenge to the Washington state law strengthening workers’ compensation access for workers at the Hanford nuclear site. The 2018 law grants presumptive workers’ compensation coverage for sick workers who were exposed to toxic fumes and ...

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Keiser: Sick Hanford workers more important than jurisdictional spat

Keiser: Sick Hanford workers more important than jurisdictional spat

OLYMPIA — Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee, released this statement after the announcement that the Biden administration will continue a Trump administration challenge to the Washington state law strengthening workers’ compensation access for workers at the Hanford nuclear site:

“I am both angry and sad at the Biden Administration’s appeal to ...

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Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson to hold virtual town hall June 24

Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson to hold virtual town hall June 24

Please join your lawmakers from the 33rd Legislative District for a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24. This is their chance to hear from you as well as update you on their work in Olympia on your behalf. The 33rd District includes SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines, Burien, and Normandy Park. WHO: Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Tina Orwall, ...

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Keiser’s Living Donor Act signed into law

Keiser’s Living Donor Act signed into law

OLYMPIA — The 86,000 patients in Washington with kidney disease now have a greater hope of someday receiving a transplant—the only lifesaving treatment—under a bill signed into law today. “Organ donors who give the gift of new life to another person should not be punished by higher premiums for their health or life insurance,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the ...

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Keiser: Legislature has delivered for hard-hit businesses

Keiser: Legislature has delivered for hard-hit businesses

OLYMPIA — With the passage of Senate Bill 5478 today, the Legislature has now put $2.2 billion in unemployment insurance (UI) tax cuts back into the pockets of Washington’s employers. “Businesses around our state have been suffering during this pandemic,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor and chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee. ...

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Keiser bill to cut $500 million in business taxes passes Senate

Keiser bill to cut $500 million in business taxes passes Senate

OLYMPIA — A bill to provide hard-hit businesses with $500 million from a state funded unemployment relief account to reduce unemployment insurance (UI) premium taxes in 2022 passed the Senate today on a unanimous vote of 49-0. “This awful pandemic has hit some businesses much harder than others,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor. “We took urgent action ...

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Keiser bill would provide additional $500 million in tax relief to businesses

Keiser bill would provide additional $500 million in tax relief to businesses

OLYMPIA — The businesses hit hardest by the pandemic would see $500 million in state assistance for their unemployment insurance (UI) premium taxes in 2022, under a bill introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines) and passed out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee today by a strong bipartisan vote. “Small businesses across our state are hurting,” said Keiser. “We ...

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Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson to hold virtual town hall March 24

Keiser, Orwall, Gregerson to hold virtual town hall March 24

Please join your lawmakers from the 33rd District for a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. This is their chance to hear from you as well as update you on their work in Olympia on your behalf. The 33rd District includes SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines, Burien, and Normandy Park. WHO: Sen. Karen Keiser, Rep. Tina Orwall, Read More

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