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By Elizabeth Hovde
Washington Policy Center 

Repeal - only real fix for long-term care

 

March 24, 2022



As predicted, there was a whirlwind of activity in the first few weeks of the legislative session related to the WA Cares Fund. That’s the name of a new social program the state’s legislative majority created in 2019 — and that voters said “no” to in an advisory vote.

It will soon bring workers in our state a new payroll tax of 58 cents for every $100 of wages.

A delay of the long-term-care law that mandates the program and its tax was secured in the passage of House Bill 1732. Gov. Jay Inslee and other Democratic leaders requested the delay. At the last minute, they finally ack...



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