Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The majority party in the state House passed their low carbon fuel standard this week. Despite my efforts, and those of my House Republican colleagues, gas prices could go up 57 cents and diesel by 63 cents. As the daughter of a trucking family, I know firsthand how these extra expenses will harm our small businesses, truckers, farmers, ranchers, those in the trades industries, families and more. You can watch my floor speech here. You can learn more about the issue, including statistics, reports, and our combined efforts to fight this misguided proposal, here.
As a reminder, this is something California tried but is now backing away from. They are now trying to find a way out of the mess this policy has created for them.
This session, I'm introducing legislation to exempt property taxes for small mobile and manufactured homes. I was thinking about young families, first-time homeowners, and the potentially homeless when crafting this measure. House Bill 2869 would only apply to mobile/manufactured homes valued at $15,000 or less. The state and local government cost is minute, but that little bit can mean a world of difference to those living on the financial edge. While there isn't much desire from the majority party in Olympia to offer more substantial property tax relief, I do have strong bipartisan support for this bill. It's a small but proactive step in helping some folks avoid becoming homeless.
Public safety and the Second Amendment
It is frightening to see the attitude and actions in Olympia to degrade our Second Amendment rights. I'm a strong believer and supporter in our right to keep and bear arms – the right to responsibly protect ourselves and our loved ones!
Many of you inside the Mighty 6th and beyond have contacted me to weigh in on gun control issues. Both sides of this debate are emotional and determined. The one thing both sides share is a concern for safety. Please know that while the majority of calls support protecting our Second Amendment, both sides support responsible gun ownership. I hear you and I'm fighting to keep you, your family and neighbors safe.
Safety goes hand-in-hand with accountability. Go to the Washington State House of Representatives website and click on the TVW links to watch hearings in the Public Safety Committee. There is a push to end the death penalty and life without parole, which would also end the three-strikes-you're-out law in the state penal code. This equates to a maximum sentence for the worst, most heinous crimes being about 13 to 15 years. This is unconscionable and will make you and your families less safe.
Please know that I'm working hard on your behalf. You sent me to Olympia to be your voice. We must preserve fundamental liberties on both sides of justice issues. I need your help to return balance back to our justice system. Please stay tuned for last-minute action alerts that may be coming soon. I'm fighting for you and may need you to contact certain legislators to put pressure on them to stop these bills.
It's an honor to serve you at home and in Olympia.