Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This year's legislative session is almost over. My colleagues and I are spending our final days on the House floor debating bills. Here are two things I would like to highlight.
Fighting for $30 car tabs and lower property taxes
We recently learned that Washington state will take in $2.4 billion more in taxes than was predicted. My friends across the aisle want to spend it all, but I think we should use some of that money to grow our rainy-day fund and then give the rest back to the people.
Our first priority should be $30 car tabs. When the people speak, the Legislature should listen. We should immediately use the extra money coming into our state to reduce tabs to $30 a year and refund all of the car tab overpayments that have been made this year.
Our next priority should be to offset the property tax increases most of us are facing because of the Legislature's failure to properly fund education. No long-winded explanation can offset the fact that property owners will have to spend hundreds of dollars more in taxes this year because the plan to pay for schools didn't work.
To accomplish both priorities, I co-sponsored House Bills 2946 and 2222. House Bill 2946 provides $1 billion in tax relief by permanently lowering car tabs to $30. House Bill 2222 caps property tax rates and stops the recent increases.
I will fight to accomplish these priorities. At this time of record revenue, it's time to give a big chunk back to the taxpayer.
Removing nitrates from groundwater in the Lower Valley
The House unanimously approved my budget amendment to dedicate $226,000 to address removing nitrates from groundwater in Yakima County. The South Yakima Conservation District is doing great work to test wells and improve water quality in the Lower Valley Groundwater Management Area (GWMA). In addition to the $226,000 budget amendment, your 15th District legislative team is supporting a $45,000 capital budget allocation to buy better equipment for groundwater well testing.
As always, I welcome your feedback. Please contact my office via email, telephone, letter or in person. My contact information is below.
Thank you for the opportunity to represent you.