Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It's budget time here in Olympia, as we near the final days of the 2020 legislative session. The House Supplemental Operating, Transportation, and Capital budgets have been released, heard in the respective committees, and are moving to the chamber floors for final vote.
I supported the bipartisan, proactive House Supplemental Transportation budget which keeps Washington moving.
On the House Supplemental Operating budget, the House Republican Caucus offered two striking amendments to provide much needed tax relief; including property tax relief and implementing $30 car tabs. The majority party turned those very positive amendments down, and rather than giving some of our exceptional surplus revenue back to you, the citizens of Washington state, we ended up with another budget in front of us that just spends, spends, spends. For these reasons, I couldn't support it.
But, I want this email update to be about YOU! I want to thank each and every one of YOU who have made your voices heard this session!
Thank you! | Your voice MATTERS!
Did you know that your voice, your opinion, and your passions have the power to change the outcome of policies being debated in Olympia? Well, let me tell you, your voice MATTERS! I urge each and every one of YOU to participate in this YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC!
First, I want to thank the truckers, logging truckers, members of the Washington Farm Bureau, and other small businesses who recently traveled to Olympia to show unity against the low-carbon fuel standard. We will continue to fight with and for YOU!
Most importantly, I want to thank the thousands upon thousands of parents, teachers, educators, school board members, churches and religious organizations, pro-life advocates, and parental rights organizations who contacted not only me and my colleagues, but ALL your state representatives to say NO to the Comprehensive Sexual Health Education bill – Senate Bill 5395.
I want you to know YOUR VOICES WERE HEARD AND THEY MATTER! House Republicans heard your voices and fought hard for you and for the safety and best interests of your children and grandchildren! We debated for six hours and fought for the amendments we were allowed to run. NOT ONE House Republican voted for this very controversial bill because it:
- Ignores MANY of YOUR concerns;
- Is a mandate on public schools; and
- Takes away local control.
Continue to stay engaged in the legislative process and make YOUR voices be heard!
I know there are concerns associated with COVID-19, especially with the temporary closure of the Wild Horse casino.
In the House, we unanimously passed House Bill 2965 to appropriate $100 million to state and local agencies to combat the coronavirus.
You can help keep yourself, your kids, and families healthy with these tips:
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue when able, (then throw it away of course when done).
- Good personal health habits (diet/exercise) help build up your immune system and prevent respiratory infections, including coronaviruses and influenza.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- See more here: https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/02/24/what-happens-if-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-spreads-here-a-conversation-with-our-health-officer/.
Here are some links for additional resources:
Thank you | Town Hall
And finally, I want to thank EVERYONE who took time out of their busy lives to join my seatmates: Rep. Matt Boehnke and Sen. Sharon Brown, and our 16th District neighbor, Rep. Bill Jenkin, at our town hall in Richland. The place was packed and your attendance demonstrated once again your commitment to your community, your state and your nation!
You sent us to Olympia to work for you, but nothing beats hearing the issues and concerns directly from you!
Stay in touch!
I welcome your thoughts and concerns on issues before the Legislature. I look forward to working with you and for YOU!
I know all of us don't always agree on everything all the time, but please know, I still value hearing from you! I enjoy our respectful dialogues, even when we don't agree on the issue.
Thank YOU again for the opportunity and honor to serve YOU, YOUR family, and our communities as YOUR state representative.
May God richly bless you all! Have a great Washington day!