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Washington State House District 22 Pos. 1

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    Loretta Byrnes

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    Beth Doglio

Biographical Information

What do you think is the most important issue in your district that the state should address?

What is your position on state mandates that local governments adopt land use plans that would increase density (by allowing duplexes and multifamily residences) in urban residential areas?

What is your position on the capital gains tax and suggestions that it be repealed?

What do you think the state’s role should be in addressing homelessness?

How important is it to you to maintain a rainy-day fund in the state budget?

What is your opinion on the Governor’s emergency powers and how they have been used during the pandemic?

Party Preference Republican
Phone (360) 513-8349
Experience (Max 500 characters) Over 20 years of experience working with farmers, small businesses, and national research centers to increase food production in Africa and Asia, including four years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Former labor market economist and King County WorkSource Area Director BS in Agronomy and MS in Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics Past Certificate of Sustainable Development from the Association of Energy Engineers Former Chair of the Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Program V
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 8091
LACEY, WA 98509
Campaign Phone 360-513-8349
Campaign Email
Town where you live Lacey
Education. We are now spending $18,000 per student and yet less than half can read, write and do math at grade level. Over 40,000 families have withdrawn their children from the system. Many parents and teachers are concerned that children are being moved on to the next grade even though they are far behind and not ready. We need to focus on academics and bring back student and class room discipline.
There is presently an extensive process for long term land use planning and zoning that addresses the issues of density in cities and urban growth areas. Most land to be developed is owned by individuals who will respond to the market demand for houses and or multi-family units. Local governments should review their policies that may be inadvertently causing investment in multifamily units to be less desirable. We also need to look at policies that are driving up the cost of new housing.
As per the constitution, any income tax has to be applied equally to all taxpayers. We should be compliant with our constitution. I do not support an income tax, so the capital gains tax should be repealed.
1.We need to fix the policies which have led to increasing homelessness i.e. the decriminalization of drug possession and allowing people to occupy public property. 2.People should have ID and be documented in the County Coordinated Entry Systems, if they are going to occupy public property. 3. Greater accountability on how public and private funds are being used to address homelessness as there seems to have been no improvement in the situation. 4. People should be held accountable for any crimes they commit. If they are willing to get treatment then they could go through a diversion process. 5. Increased funding for mental health and substance abuse recovery.
Very important, we have been increasing the state budget by at least 10 percent every biennium with out any thought to the next recession which is expected within the next couple of years.
Any emergency powers by the government should have to be approved by a 60 percent vote of the legislature every three months. The governor has abused his powers, especially with regard to state employees, and his decisions have not always been based on reliable data.

The governor fired state employees who provide critical health, public safety, and transportation services when we already had a critical shortage of these people. He did not consider them or the people they serve.
Party Preference Democratic
Phone (360) 628-0935
Experience (Max 500 characters) It has been my honor to serve as your State Representative in the 22nd Legislative District. As a community organizer, I have dedicated the last 30 years to building more equitable, sustainable, and compassionate communities. I have passed legislation combatting climate change, addressing our housing crisis, strengthening living wage laws, expanding access to healthcare, increasing education funding, and protecting survivors of domestic violence from workplace discrimination.
Campaign Mailing Address 120 STATE AVE NE #200
Campaign Phone 360-628-0935
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Town where you live Olympia
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In light of the Roe vs. Wade decision, maintaining a person’s right to choose is a top priority. Housing (see below) Climate: Given the Supreme Court EPA rollback the states must lead. We must transition our transportation and buildings to our ever-growing green electric grid, ensure that our clean energy workforce is unionized as much as possible, and invest in resiliency measures to address climate impacts like wildfires, drought, floods, etc., Support for working families: With inflation making it hard for families to make ends meet, we must raise wages, ensure good benefits and safe working conditions, provide accessible and affordable childcare and expand workers ability to organize. Gun responsibility: We absolutely must reduce the number of high capacity guns. They serve no purpose in our communities.
I favor utilizing existing infrastructure to build additional housing, increasing our urban densities. Transit oriented development is essential as well. We desperately need more housing options for our growing population and increasing density is much better than more sprawl. It’s important to ensure that this housing is affordable and that we design policies that help avoid displacement.
I favor the capital gains tax. This tax only impacts those most wealthy in this state (estimated at 7,000 people) and does not apply to the first $250,000 of capital gains per individual/couple nor does it apply to the sale of real estate, retirement accounts, timber and livestock used in farming or ranching. And, the income addresses one of the most challenging issues in our state – childcare and early learning. Monies will be used to open slots, pay childcare workers higher wages leading to higher retention and better quality of life for providers. Putting money into early learning is one of the best investments we can make.
We need to continue to invest in capital and operating for housing, reign in the ability of corporations to sweep in and buy up housing, support transit-connected communities, and end exclusionary zoning. We need services for diverse homeless populations: those suffering from addiction, mental health challenges or disabilities. This year I worked for SEIU, on the Apple Health and Homes bill. This cutting-edge approach for chronically homeless people centers housing as a healthcare priority. The legislature also made record investments in housing. The State’s role is to implement these programs and put these investments to work as quickly and strategically as possible. We need more housing, making the best use of space to comfortably house more people: accessory dwelling units (ADUs), mother-in-law cottages, duplexes, and multiplexes add additional housing while maintaining the character of neighborhoods and utilizing shared resources.
Very important. The pandemic is a clear indication that you never know what we will face. The monies in the Budget Stabilization Account helped us address challenges specific to the pandemic like health disparities, the needs of families with lower incomes and those that suddenly were unemployed. By law, the Budget Stabilization Account will begin to grow again while at the same time we have double digit reserves in the Washington Rescue Plan Transition Account. In fact, our reserves are now back to pre-pandemic levels. Just like our personal budgets, it is very important to create reserves to help manage unexpected financial challenges like pandemics and recessions. As a legislator, I will work to be a good steward of public dollars.
The Governor was making the best decisions he could make in a very challenging situation that we hadn’t faced in over a century. He relied on data and input from public health experts and made hard decisions. Each of us are experiencing the pandemic in different ways and each of us would have made different decisions. In a crisis like the one we faced, emergency powers at the Executive level are essential.