Senate’s minority Democrats vote down proposed income-tax ban OLYMPIA…The Democrat minority in the state Senate today voted against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban a tax on individual incomes. Senate Joint Resolution 8204 needed a two-thirds majority to pass – meaning 33 votes from the 49-member Senate. All 25 members of the Senate majority supported the measure,... Read More...
Fortunato demands answers about Sound Transit car-tab fees OLYMPIA…The Senate Transportation Committee held a public meeting today about Sound Transit’s controversial car-tab valuation process – the subject of Senate Bill 5851, co-sponsored by Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn. Fortunato, a transportation-committee member, also supports having cities and counties vote to exempt themselves from Sound Transit for both car tabs... Read More...
Senate approves Fortunato bill to protect charity fundraisers OLYMPIA…The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would allow non-profit organizations to raise money through raffles while being in compliance in state law. “I know a lot of churches that raise money through bingo nights or raffles,” said Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn. “However, many are unknowingly violating state law.” Senate Bill... Read More...
Fortunato bill would provide added property tax relief seniors OLYMPIA… Sen. Phil Fortunato has introduced legislation that would provide older senior citizens with much-needed property-tax relief. “Seniors are being taxed out of their homes,” said Fortunato, R-Auburn. “They have worked hard for the homes they own; at some point in time seniors have paid enough taxes.” Senate Bill 5535... Read More...
Fortunato bill would let schools seek waivers from costly rules OLYMPIA…Sen. Phil Fortunato has introduced legislation that would give school districts the authority to seek waivers from burdensome state regulation. “We keep giving schools more money, but a lot of that money never makes it to the classroom,” said Fortunato, R-Auburn. “Instead, schools spend too many tax dollars complying with... Read More...
Fortunato bill would provide up to $10,000 in housing assistance for teachers OLYMPIA…Sen. Phil Fortunato has introduced a bill that would provide housing assistance to educators in school districts with high housing costs. “Seventeen years ago I proposed a similar housing allowance to address the inequity of teacher salaries in higher cost-of-housing areas, and nothing has changed,” said Fortunato, R-Auburn.  “I want... Read More...
Fortunato drops first bill to repeal unnecessary laws OLYMPIA… Sen. Phil Fortunato today introduced legislation that would repeal a host of state laws he sees as unnecessary, redundant, or wasteful. When Fortunato was appointed to the Senate on Jan. 7 he listed his top legislative priority as protecting both the taxpayer and the American worker. This is the... Read More...
Fortunato appointed 31st District senator King and Pierce County councils fill vacancy left by former Sen. Pam Roach’s resignation Phil Fortunato was sworn in today as the 31st Legislative District’s state senator. He took the oath of office after the King and Pierce County councils voted to appoint him to the position made vacant by... Read More...