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Opt-out measure looms

For some time now, many Washington workers have been upset about an upcoming payroll tax to fund the new long-term care program called “WA Cares”, created by Democrat majorities in the Legislature in 2019.

That payroll tax finally went into effect July 1.

Unless you applied for and received an exemption from this tax, you’ll see less money in your paycheck.

The payroll tax is currently equal to $58 annually for every $10,000 in pay. The WA Cares program offers a lifetime payout of no more than $36,500, subject to inflation, regardless of how long a worker pays into it – and in many cases, the...


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