Hold the phone.
Despite Gov. Inslee’s (and others) announcements that the state’s proposed long-term care tax plan is so flawed it must be delayed, word is now coming that nothing has been done about it. actually PREVENT money from being taken.
ACCORDING TO GOP LEADERS, LEGISLATURE MUST ACT
MyNorthest.com reported on Wednesday (December 22) Unless the legislature steps in and makes changes to the plan, workers could still see tax deductions come out in January.
Republican Senate leaders John Braun and JT Wilcox have said Iwith exit Wednesday:
âThe governor’s announcement last week that the ‘Washington Cares’ long-term care tax would be delayed has led everyone to believe the tax will not be taken from their paychecks in January. “State have been advised that only those who have already benefited from an exemption from the program will not see the tax deducted. Otherwise, the tax will be collected as originally scheduled. How is that a delay? How the governor has “Did he help things? He didn’t. The governor’s announcement didn’t change anything. The only thing he did was publicly acknowledge that the program is a mess.”
GOP leaders said the only remedy was for the legislature to hold a special session, even during the holidays, and make the necessary changes to prevent workers from having the tax taken away. Braun and Wilcox have said that while it is done virtually, it has to happen.
Braun and Wilcox added:
âThe program is so unpopular that over 400,000 Washingtonians have requested an exemption and thousands more want to get out but couldn’t get private policing by the deadline. Why? Because the way the law is drafted pushed insurance companies out of Washington. “
Inslee’s office said it did not have the authority to make the changes to the plan. Instead, he allegedly asked the job security department to “Do not accept quarterly payments from all employers to give legislators time to work on program changes.”
GOP lawmakers hope they can repeal the WA Cares Fund entirely in the next legislative session.