Dear friends and neighbors,

Your voice is the most important part of the lawmaking process. No matter what the subject – whether we’re talking about healthcare, education, or transportation – your input matters.

That’s why I strongly encourage you to mark your calendar and REGISTER for either one of the two upcoming Tax Town Halls on October 6 from 2:30pm-4:00pm or 6:30pm-8:00pm.

During these virtual Tax Town Halls, community members and business owners will get to share their opinions about Washington’s tax structure with the Washington State Tax Structure Workgroup (TSWG). Next year, the TSWG will use this feedback to develop legislation that builds a tax code that works better for working families, helps businesses thrive, and creates the healthiest possible economy.

Want to know more? Keep scrolling for some FAQ’s.

Q: What is the Tax Structure Work Group?

A: The legislature established the TSWG to identify ways to make our state’s tax code more equitable, stable, and transparent. It is comprised of a bipartisan group of state legislators, as well as representatives from the Department of Revenue, Washington counties, Washington cities, and the Governor’s Office. You can learn more at their website by clicking here.

Q: What does the TSWG do?

A: This workgroup facilitates public discussions throughout the state about the pros and cons of our current tax structure and gathers ideas about potential tax structures. The goal is to build a tax structure that better benefits individuals, families, and businesses here in Washington, and strengthens our state’s economic vitality.

Q: How is the TSWG making sure they reach communities across the state?

A: From the months of September through November, the TSWG is having fourteen separate virtual town halls in every corner of our state to ensure full outreach and engagement with our neighbors. In our region (which includes districts 10, 38, 39, 40, 42, and 44), they are holding two town halls on Oct. 6 – one at 2:30pm and one at 6:30pm – so as many folks can attend as possible. See their full town hall schedule on their website here.

I hope to see you there! I’m excited to hear your thoughts. And if you have further questions, suggestions, or other ideas for the work we should do together in this upcoming year, send me an email at, or give me a call at (360) 786-7674. Let’s set up a Zoom meeting or connect in writing. I’d love to hear from you, and I’m looking forward to learning more about your priorities. You can also follow me on Facebook for regular updates.

My work in Olympia is always informed by the voices of my neighbors, and I’m eager to hear yours.