Issues

HOMELESSNESS/ADDICTION/MENTAL HEALTH

The homeless living on the streets and in encampments is one of the top issueS for many in the 30th District. This is not so much an issue of housing as it is of addiction and mental health. Residents do not feel safe, and it discourages people from patronizing local businesses. My own business has […]

EDUCATION

As a primary responsibility of the state, it is critical that education be fully funded. Once again, there is money being wasted in unneeded regulations and programs. Instead of being directed to the classroom, money is increasingly diverted to administrative costs. There also needs to be a more equitable distribution of funds between districts. Federal […]

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Even though I am a natural optimist, I recognize that good times do not last forever. Just a few weeks ago the economy was riding high…a record setting stock market, the lowest unemployment rate on record and revenues coming into the state treasury that far surpassed expectations. It is truly amazing how quickly things can […]

TAXES/SPENDING

The new taxes implemented in the last legislative session need to be repealed. An income tax in any form, including a capital gains tax, should not be considered. With wise budgeting, the need for increased spending in the areas of law enforcement, addiction recovery and mental health can be implemented with no new taxes.  The […]

COMMON SENSE AND COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some challenges that many of us never imagined.  There is a balancing act. Governor Inslee and others have gotten a few things right, but have thrown other things out of balance for no reason. Let’s use common sense. With a contagious virus it makes sense for people to work from […]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Finding affordable housing is an ever increasing challenge. Although there are a variety of causes for the escalating cost, there is one that can and should be addressed by the state legislature and at other levels of government: Regulations.  Although sensible regulations are necessary, it is critical that regulations be reviewed and then refined or […]

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