Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2020 session starts today! Thank you for the honor of representing the people and communities of the 14th District. Along with debating and deciding several policy bills, the primary task for lawmakers during the short 60-day session will be reviewing changes to the already approved biennial operating, transportation and capital budgets.
It's time to expect more.
Like many of you, I believe it's time to expect more from our state government. More fiscal responsibility, more accountability, and more efficiency. Unfortunately, we have an uphill battle before us. The Democrats control both chambers with a 57-41 majority in the House of Representatives and 28-21 majority in the Senate. Despite the numbers, this is not the time to back down. You should not have to endure new taxes, regulatory or other financial burdens.
No more taxes!
Despite a record-breaking revenue surplus in 2019, the majority party raised taxes by more than $2 billion over the next four years. This year, they want to impose even more taxes. Income taxes, carbon taxes, increased B&O taxes, road usage or “miles traveled” taxes are just a few of the proposals being discussed. No means no. I am determined to fight for your pocketbooks. Government can and should learn to live within its means.
$30 car tabs | Initiative 976
A big decision needs to be made this session on Initiative 976, the $30 car-tab measure. The people told us they want $30 car tabs. It's time for the Legislature to act. House Republicans have prepared legislation that would implement lower fees and establish a new funding source for transportation projects going forward—without raising taxes.
We are proposing reforms that cut bureaucracy—not projects—at the Washington State Department of Transportation. The goal is to implement a 10% targeted reduction at the agency, without impacting preservation, maintenance and special needs. This approach—one in which we honor the will of the voters—will not require cuts to essential transportation projects. Stay tuned. I'll share more on this topic in future updates.
Telephone Town Hall
Your input is important to me. That's why I'm hosting a telephone town hall with my seatmate, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Please consider calling us during the hour-long event at (509) 409-2384. We will share an update on the session and answer your questions on legislative issues.
Stay updated on your state government
During the legislative session, I'll be sending frequent updates on bills being debated in Olympia. In addition, I've listed several helpful links below that can keep you informed and updated on the activities of your state Legislature:
- My legislative website | Here you will find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills, and other information.
- The Washington State Ledger | News aggregator | View breaking news, policy updates and opinions from the House Republican Caucus.
- The Current | An online legislative publication from the Washington House Republicans. Click on the link to subscribe.
- TVW | The state's own version of C-SPAN, TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live online.
- Legislature's website | You can find bill reports, committee agendas, and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature here.
- Capitol Campus activities and events | Find a calendar of legislative events here.
Want to track a bill? | Learn how here!
Would you like to track a bill through the legislative process? Here's a set of easy instructions. You can also view all the bills I'm sponsoring or co-sponsoring by visiting my webpage and clicking on “Sponsored Bills.”
- Go to leg.wa.gov
- On the left-hand panel, click “Bill Information.”
- If you know the bill number, enter it in the search field and hit enter.
- Don't have a bill number? Under the section “Bills by Topic,” you'll find alternative tracking tools. You can search based on topic, bill number, and initiative.
- If you click on the House Floor Calendar, this helpful tool gives you a detailed list of all bills scheduled to be heard on the House floor each day.
- Need more information? Please feel free to contact me if you need more details on specific bills.
If you would like to schedule a meeting to chat with me, please call or email. My contact information is listed at the bottom of this update. I'm always glad to hear from you!
Thank you for allowing me to serve you in Olympia!