Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It was an honor to represent you in Olympia earlier this year. I've been working hard during the off-season and am ready to roll up my sleeves and continue fighting for the issues you care about as the 2020 legislative session gets set to start on Jan. 13. Here's a quick update on what you can expect from me in the coming months.
Washington is unhappy with new taxes. I'll continue opposing them
The people of Washington sent us a clear message in this year's general election: They do not agree with the tax increases passed by Democrats in the 2019 session. I voted against those new taxes, and I'll continue to respect the wishes of the people by voting against property tax increases and any form of state income tax.
2020 session priorities/legislation
Going into the 2020 session, I'll continue to focus on creating a smaller, smarter government — always keeping you, the people of the 15th District, in mind with every vote. I am working on several issues for this session, including:
- A bill that would allow military spouses transferring to Washington to continue working in their field immediately by eliminating the red tape in the state's licensing process.
- A bill that would hold state legislators to the same level of accountability – through public records requests – as every other elected official in Washington.
- A bill that would allow students pursuing apprenticeships in career and technical education (CTE) fields to remain in the Yakima Valley by increasing the salaries of CTE instructors at local skill centers.
I encourage you to let me know your thoughts as I prepare for the coming session. My district office in Selah will remain open through December. You're welcome to drop in and speak with my legislative assistant, Alec Regimbal, or contact me via email, telephone or letter. You can find my Selah and Olympia office addresses and contact information here.
Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve you.