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    Stephanie Barnard
    (Rep)

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    Patrick Guettner
    (Rep)

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What legislation would you support to make health care more available and affordable to Washington state residents?

Washington State’s tax structure remains the most regressive in the country. What changes to the state's tax structure would you support?

Since transportation is the largest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State, is there legislation would you propose or support to reduce these emissions?

What policies would you support to increase the state’s environmental resiliency and climate change mitigation?

What policies would you support to assure availability and quality of the state’s water supply, especially in eastern Washington?

What do you believe is needed to support and enhance Washington’s agricultural productivity?

Please describe your position on the effort to allow Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in local and state and federal elections.

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Phone 5099482062
Campaign Mailing Address 4605 MOLINE LANE
PASCO, WA 99301
Campaign Email pdguettner@yahoo.com
Town where you live Pasco
The best approach to any problem is to first look at the root causes. Health costs are rising everywhere. Why? We are an unhealthy populace - overweight, lack of exercise, stressed out, poor diet, etc. Throwing money at it will afford no solution. Involvement by the Legislative could involve more proactive solutions such as: Initiate health and fitness in our schools Provide tax breaks for businesses which incorporate health and fitness programs for their employees Establish community fitness programs for all citizens Sponsor competitive programs such as local Olympics Incentivize these programs with tax breaks, monetary awards,etc Provide opportunities for our medical businesses to pursue the same goals.
A “Fair Tax” structure is the only equitable and efficient way to tax citizens.
The best way to reduce carbon emissions is to facilitate the technologies (transportation, energy production, agriculture) in enhancing procedures to do this. Then follow the money (technologies) while monitoring and tweaking toward successful outcomes as needed. Additionally, provide tax incentives for towns and cities to plant more trees, particularly in new housing areas.
Plant trees, set up local agencies to develop and execute environmental plans for local environmental improvement projects. Put local people and ideas to work. They can solve the problems which affect them
Enhance local communities in developing means to catch runoff water, conserve water usage and educate and involve the population to achieve these goals.
“Biosyn” is the upcoming agricultural technology. Provide the incentives and funding for our agriculture schools and colleges to lead the way in preparing for these and other technologies germane to agriculture, including transportation, storage and distribution of food products.
Ranked choice seems to be working and accepted in the few places it is in effect such as Alaska. On the face of it, it seems to be a fairer and more transparent way l of electing people. So at this time it is worth looking at and I would be the first to give it my consideration.