|Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
The first week of the 2019 legislative session has been a whirlwind. This past Monday, I was sworn-in for another 4-year term. It is an honor to continue to serve you in the state Senate. On Tuesday, the governor outlined his priorities for the legislative session. I happen to believe that some of those are misguided, particularly efforts to implement and raise new taxes to pay for more government spending.
There are programs and policies that the state should address, such as a robust reform to our state’s ailing mental health system. However, fixing problems in Olympia shouldn’t always require more taxes from you. As of now, every budget the governor has proposed has included significant tax increases. I do not believe that we need to seek more revenues. The reality is that the state’s projected budget is going to be $50 billion – a historic amount. We should assess what the state should be doing, then figure out how much we may need to invest, rather than come up with a wish list and then raise taxes to pay for it.
Before the legislative session began, I sent out a newsletter with a survey asking for your input. Click here to view the results. I will be working hard to ensure our district is heard, and will be a voice for restraint when it comes to spending your tax dollars.
What I’ll be Working On
This session I will be serving on the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee, the Housing Stability and Affordability Committee, and the Senate’s budget committee, known as the Ways and Means Committee.