Dear Friends and Neighbors,
A few weeks ago, I sent a mailer throughout the district to highlight some of the key issues the Legislature will be working on this session, along with a mail-back section to allow constituents to express their priorities, opinions and concerns. If you'd like to see the mailer and the issues I discussed, you can do so here.
I now want to give you the opportunity to take my online survey to give your input on issues that are developing as the session progresses. As always, your input and involvement in the legislative process is greatly appreciated.
Comments from our friends and neighbors
“Please work to protect our 2nd Amendment. Law abiding citizens use firearms for protection. Please, no new taxes. We pay more than enough. I truly sympathize with the homeless – I'd certainly support more shelters. We need to protect our water storage. I'm pleased with our local Representatives and I love President Trump.”Cora from Yakima
“There should be no tax increases. We pay some of the highest gas tax in the nation and have some of the worst roads. I believe it is because of mismanagement of that monies. Criminals don't abide by the law. Bring back the death penalty and make 'crime pay.' Too many times you see on the news of a felon that was released on bail has now committed a worse crime, possibly homicide.”Gary from Yakima
“It seems Gov. Inslee feels that he knows best. Too many taxes to pay for social issues. If taxes being raised are earmarked, they should to public safety and infrastructure. Not for whales, global warming or socially progressive programs. Water storage is important too.”Todd from Yakima
“Please no more tax increases for middle income taxpayers. Raise the rich taxes. I'm not asking for a handout, just don't raise my taxes. Please help the homeless shelters, affordable housing – it's a crisis in WA state. Yes, I want transparency in budgets. Also, farmers need you to advocate for them. Thank you for this thought provoking opportunity.”Mary from Yakima
“Taxes – too many new ones. Work on cutting spending. Gun control – people kill, guns don't! Homeless – encourage people to take responsibility for their actions – do we make it too easy for them (not all of them) to get assistance?”Virginia from Zillah
These are just a handful of the many my office has received. I want to thank those who took the time and effort to write out their thoughts and concerns. It really helps me when working and advocating on your behalf for our shared values, priorities and future. Again, if you'd like to take part in my online survey, you can do so here. (please note, you can only take the survey once)
15th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall
On Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. you are invited to join me and my new seatmate, Rep. Jeremie Dufault for our 15th District telephone town hall. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, hear what's happening in Olympia and get to know your new state representative. You can join the community conversation by calling (509) 204-4354 at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.
Thank you for reading my email update and for staying involved. If you need help with a state agency or legislative matter, please don't hesitate to contact my office. It is an honor to serve you in Olympia.