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Have been in the House of Representatives for 12 years.
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Get Washington's businesses open and fully operational ASAP! Get Washington's citizens fully employed ASAP!
Protect Washington's businesses from an onslaught of new taxes.
Protect law enforcement from defunding activities.
Get people traveling, working, recreating again so that revenues increase and the need for spending decreases go down.
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I worked my way through college both my Bachelor's Degree and my Masters Degree. I also served over 28 years in the military to make myself eligible for the GI Bill. I also did receive some tuition assistance.
I support limited student grants, tuition assistance and especially earned college scholarship programs. Many businesses will offer tuition assistance for students who will work for them after successful graduation!
More oversight appears to be in order in light of recent circumstances and incidents that took place recently in our nursing homes and senior living facilities. As long as it is truly the government "here to help" not the government here to be a task master.
Well with record or near record snowfall this last year, anything we can do to provide for more water storage the better.
If anything I would like to lower the B&O tax to allow our businesses to be more prosperous so they can provide more family wage jobs for more employees so more of Washington State's citizens can be more prosperous!
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We will have to cut back on the state budget and that process has already begun with the introduction of furloughs ahead of the 2021 session. But it won’t be possible to reconcile the shortage of revenue with budget alone without doing irrecoverable damage to the overall health of our State. We will have to close loopholes in the state’s tax laws, especially as it pertains to its B&O taxes. The third thing we need to do is find innovative ways to draw more investment into Washington. Instead of just thinking about purely draconian measures, we need to re-frame part of this crisis as a challenge to think outside the box and find new ways to bring the kinds of jobs which generate spending and tax revenue.
1. Who will be harmed if funding is cut?
If it’s harming vulnerable Washingtonians and those who had to bear the brunt of the recovery in 2008 then the program should be protected from cuts.
2. Will cutting funds to a program wind up costing more in the long run?
For example, if we gut the DNR budget and then there is not enough money to fight forest fires. Or, if we cut funding the kinds of programs designed to help families who are struggling financially to stay together, will we wind up spending even more money in the long run when children needlessly wind up in the foster care system? We need to make sure budget cuts make sense in the long term in addition to ensuring they are not needlessly cruel.
3. Will cutting the budget for a program deprive Washingtonians of their protected rights?
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Access to affordable higher education is crucial. I was attending WSU in 2008 and witnessed the damage from the recession. In a matter of weeks entire degree programs were dropped. We raise our kids to excel in their studies so they can either go to college/university or get into a good trade program. We owe it to them to keep our promise without raising tuitions any higher than they already are. There are opportunities to partner with leading manufacturers and unions in our state to help support trade programs. It’s a great way for them to ensure they will have a trained work force and helps provide good paying jobs for our recent grads. As for colleges and universities, instead of gutting academic studies, maybe it’s time to look at athletics programs. How it is the highest paid public servants in Washington are the university football coaches?
The fact that the very first epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in our nation was a nursing home in our state points to the need for more oversight of nursing homes and senior living facilities. As much as these facilities charge for care, there is no excuse for sub par care or sub par living conditions.
One of the most difficult decisions a family makes whether or not to have to place a family member in a home. We owe it to families in our state to ensure when that decision is made that their loved ones are in a safe space and are still afforded dignity.
Especially now when there are restrictions on who can visit these facilities we have to find a way to improve our oversight even with a looming budget crisis.
Now is a good time to start educating all Washingtonians about our diminishing snow pack. This aspect of climate change will affect the entire state, not just Eastern Washington. But for our side of the state (which is so reliant on irrigation) it’s time to encourage the Ag sector to invest more in methods of farming which use less water like drip irrigation and vertical farming. We need to asses which crops lend themselves to these methods, encourage farmers to focus on those crops and where it’s not feasible find ways to be better stewards of our diminishing water supply. It’s important to make changes now while we have time rather than wait until it’s too late and wind up with severe shortages both for residential and agricultural needs. Again, by starting early before we have a severe shortage, we have the chance to re-frame this as an opportunity to innovate actually come out ahead.
Before the pandemic this question was typically framed more directly in terms of state income tax. For the record, I am against introducing an income tax. It's not the right time for Washington families. I am in favor of closing loopholes in the state's B&O tax laws to try and recoup some lost revenue streams for the state budget. It's time to ensure businesses making money off of their investment portfolios instead of from retail sales pay taxes on those profits. It's also time to have a serious conversation about the dreaded Capital Gains Tax. I was against this tax for years because I don't have a pension and my investments are my piggy bank for retirement. But what we are actually talking about is taxing those who earn more than $250K annually from investment income. The hard truth is the state needs money to provide the basic services. The money will have to come from somewhere. I prefer we don't unfairly tax residents who are already suffering financially.