Legislative Update

From the monthly archives: December 2017

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Protecting Medicatid, Medicare and Social Security

Dear Friend, As you may know, the People's House is currently in the midst of a historic opportunity, a once in a generation chance at passing comprehensive tax reform to create more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. Throughout the debate on this bill, there has been a lot of misinformation out there. Specifically, I've heard from people here in Eastern Washington who have been told that the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will cut funding to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. This simply isn't true. The fact of the matter is that there are no cuts to these important programs in our legislation. There are some who are resulting to scare tactics as a last ditch effort to keep taxes high for you and your families. They claim that our bill will trigger automatic spending cuts under the Statutory PAYGO Act. In reality, Congress can make the decision to exclude programs from statutory pay-as-you-go requirements. In fact, we have done so 29 times since 2010, including instances involving fundin ... Read the rest of entry »

Fair Elections or Special Protections

December 14, 2017 - Spokane - On December 18th, the Spokane City Council will consider Ordinance C35571. This campaign finance ordinance, dubbed the “Fair Elections Code,” is anything but fair as the following will point out. It’s possible that this measure was drafted in good faith, however, the version set to be approved by the City Council will likely break the election system giving more power and influence to PACs & political parties, labor unions, and incumbent elected officials. Many of these new rules will actually help PACs like the one Better Spokane operates or the firefighter union backed, Spokane for Honest Government PAC. There is needed reform to campaign finance laws, but they should take place at the state level. The biggest reason is that the City of Spokane cannot afford to devote resources to yet another bureaucracy, especially since this would be a duplication of what is already done at the state level. In addition, enforcing these rules on those outside the ci ... Read the rest of entry »

IPC-ABC Endorses Raul Labrador for Idaho Governor

The Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (IPC-ABC) today endorsed Raul Labrador for governor of Idaho based on his strong support of issues important to our members. While serving in Congress, Mr. Labrador’s votes aligned with IPC-ABC’s core values 100 percent of the time. “I am absolutely honored to have earned the support of the Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors,” said Labrador. ”This is an organization that is committed to growing American businesses, eliminating burdensome regulations and lowering taxes. I support its mission, and am proud of the work I’ve done to help the construction industry by defending our nation’s economy from the partisan growth-stifling tactics used by the National Labor Relations Board, and fighting the costly and unnecessary expansion of Davis-Bacon wage requirements.” Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association es ... Read the rest of entry »


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