Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
2013 Regular Legislative Session Adjourns Without Budget Agreement—Governor Inslee Calls for Special Session to Convene on May 13
After 105 days of hearings, negotiations, and votes cast on hundreds of measures, Washington’s 2013 Regular Legislative Session adjourned on Sunday, April 28. The State Constitution limits the Regular Session in odd-numbered years to 105 calendar days. Despite using up all of the time allowed for the Regular Session, legislators could not come to agreement on a spending plan for the 2013-2015 biennium. As a result, shortly after adjournment, Governor Jay Inslee called for a Special Session to convene on May 13 so that a budget deal can be finalized before the beginning of the next biennium on July 1, 2013.
NAIFA Washington ACTION ALERT helps defeat 271% B&O Tax Increase
The House Finance Committee convened to take action on HB2038—the bill that would impose over $1 billion in various tax increases that was heard in committee on Friday, April 19. But Olympia’s House of Representatives heard from thousands of insurance producers!!
Summary of our Talking Points to oppose HB2038:
- Section 201 of HB 2038 would increase B&O taxes on insurance agents and brokers by 271%.
- This tax increase would damage thousands of small business insurance professionals on Main Street in every city and town in Washington.
- Insurance Agents and Brokers have no ability to include tax increases on premium statements that insurers send to their policyholders.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Hello fellow participants in “cause” of NAIFA! We are in the last quarter of our fiscal year now and with that winding down one “administration” and gearing up for another! Lots happening in my last 3 months as your servant leader! Along with a tremendous Convention Host Committee (NAIFA Tri-Cities), I have been preparing, what I believe to be the most powerful, relevant and fun State Convention in recent history…possibly EVER! Our lineup of speakers is unmatched and it will be warm & sunny!! I’ve already pre-arranged that one with Craig Forman, so if for any reason it’s not…you can blame him! I, for one, will not even bring a rain jacket!