The final stretch…


The final stretch…


Dear Friends,

We are through the last full week of the 2018 regular legislative session. There are now just six days until the scheduled end of the session on Thursday, March 8.

Democrats in the House and Senate have each passed their own supplemental budget plans. The two chambers will now be negotiating the final budget, and the bills necessary to implement that budget. While Democrats hold only slim majorities in both the House and Senate, there does not appear to be much interest from either chamber’s leadership in working with Republicans to pass a budget plan that could gain broad bipartisan support.

Despite this, I will not be deterred from fighting for a responsible budget and the priorities of our district. One of those priorities is supporting our state’s manufacturers. You can read more about those efforts below.

This week we also got some good news: Democrats had finally abandoned their efforts to create a new energy tax, which would have hit hard-working Washington families the hardest.

As always, I hope you will contact me if you have questions about the topics in this e-mail or other issues related to the Legislature or state government. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state senator.  


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Sharon Brown
State Senator
8th District

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AWB highlights our efforts to aid manufacturers


As you may know, making Washington more attractive to employers has been one of my top priorities in the Legislature. In particular, I have worked with my colleagues to reduce unnecessary regulations, streamline government, and encourage economic development.

In 2015, the Legislature approved my proposal to create the Invest in Washington pilot program, which offered a sales- and use-tax deferral for construction costs for five manufacturing facilities in Spokane, Benton, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

The pilot was so successful that it filled up within a couple months, and we had five additional projects that requested inclusion in the program. Last year, the Invest in Washington program was expanded to accommodate the additional demand.

This year, I introduced legislation to make the program permanent.

The Association of Washington Business, Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association with nearly 8,000 members, recently highlighted this effort in its Olympia Business Watch publication:

SB 6481, prime-sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, is squarely aimed at helping manufacturers, but differs in approach to the B&O rate reduction that House budget writers included in their proposed 2018 supplemental budget.

It would expand a 2015 pilot project that allows manufacturers to defer for five years the sales tax for construction of buildings, machinery or equipment. After five years, recipients must begin repaying the deferred amount over a 10-year period. The deferred tax payments would be deposited into the Invest in Washington Account and used to support customized job training programs and other workforce development efforts.

As AWB rightly points out, I will be working hard to make sure that support for our manufacturers is an end-game issue in these final days of the session.

In the News: Inslee’s energy-tax bill dies in Legislature

Seattle Times staff & the Associated Press | March 1, 2018 


Another ambitious effort to pass a carbon tax in Washington state has faltered as both Gov. Jay Inslee and the bill’s prime sponsor said Thursday that there weren’t enough votes to pass the measure out of the state Senate.

Washington would have been the first U.S. state to impose a straight tax on carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels like gasoline and electricity, and the legislation has been closely watched nationally.

…The tax would have begun in 2019 and in 2021 would have increased $1.80 per ton each year until it hits $30 a ton — estimated to be in 2030. In the first two years, the tax was projected to raise $766 million and increase to about $988 million in the next biennium.

Business and other critics called it an energy tax that would be paid mostly by families and those who could least afford it. They criticized the numerous exemptions in the bill that allowed more than 60 industries to be exempt.

…Todd Myers with the Washington Policy Center said the bill would not achieve the promised carbon reductions. He said too much money goes to carve-outs, special interests and expensive projects that won’t actually reduce greenhouse-gas emissions as promised.

Click here to read the full article in the Seattle Times.

From the District:

Columbia River Young Marines

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Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting several members of the Columbia River Young Marines.

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school, which promotes mental, moral, and physical development. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, and is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps' Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

There are currently four Young Marine units in our state. The Columbia River Young Marines is located right here in the Tri-Cities, and serves youth from Finley, Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and Benton City.

Unit Commander Alores Villanueva organized the trip to Olympia.

If your activities bring you to Olympia, please let my office know. We would love to welcome you to the Capitol as well. 

In closing…

As always, I value hearing directly from you. I am here to be your voice, and your feedback on bills before the Senate is very important to me. If you would like to contact me please write, phone, e-mail, or stop by if you’re in the Olympia area. 

March 2, 2018


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