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The legislative session adjourned on Sunday night. Unfortunately, it was a difficult session for Washington taxpayers. The majority passed an operating budget with record spending, a capital gains income tax, a...

April 26, 2021

Rep Sutherland speaks against the majority Democrats budget proposal in the House which spends about $58.2 billion in state funds, an increase of about $6.6 billion or an increase of 12.8%....

April 7, 2021

Rep. Sutherland delivers remarks in support of an amendment that would have removed the capital gains income tax from the House Democrats 2021-23 operating budget proposal. Unfortunately, the amendment failed by...

April 7, 2021

There is a new way to connect with me. I have a new, official legislative Facebook page. Like and follow to stay updated on what is happening during the legislative session...

Feb. 17, 2021

I want to thank you for placing your trust in me and sending me back to Olympia for another term. I am honored and humbled by your support and look forward...

Dec. 4, 2020

I hope this email finds you healthy and well. A lot has happened since my last email update. The governor enacted his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on March 23 in...

May 8, 2020

April 28, 2020

Property owners from around Washington state are in shock this winter after receiving their property taxes and Rep. Robert J. Sutherland decided it was time to draft legislation to eliminate the state...

March 19, 2020

The 2020 legislative session has ended, much like the 2019 session, with Olympia Democrats increasing spending. Despite this year being just a supplemental budget year, Democrats passed a budget that increased...

March 19, 2020

Rep. Robert J. Sutherland, R-Granite Falls, provides an overview of his plan to eliminate the state portion of property taxes. With record tax collections Sutherland says it is time to return...

March 18, 2020