Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2020 legislative session is now under way. We have just 60 days to pass a supplemental budget and tackle a number of critical issues before the Legislature adjourns on March 12.
Unfortunately, the governor and the rest of our state's current political leadership have failed to lead on many of these issues. The homelessness crisis is getting worse, making our neighborhoods and parks less safe. The cost of big things (like housing) and smaller things (like car tabs) have soared in recent years, making living in our state less affordable (not to mention the clear will of the people on car tabs is now being ignored). And state agencies continue to grow larger and take unilateral action without proper oversight.
These failures are why I'm joining with my House Republican colleagues in developing and advancing legislation to make Washington more safe, affordable and accountable. So far, I have introduced bills to address the homelessness crisis, cut unnecessary spending, and make state and local agencies more transparent and accountable. I look forward to sharing more about these ideas in the coming weeks.
Last Tuesday, the governor gave his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate. Afterward, I joined Republican legislative leaders at a press conference to discuss his speech and describe some of the Republican solutions to our state's challenges. You can view a replay of the press conference here.
As always, I welcome your comments, questions and concerns about this year's legislative session or anything else that's on your mind. Your input helps me to better serve you in the Legislature.
I look forward to hearing from you.