We need to get back to the constitutional principles that made our state and country great, and return to smaller government, balanced budgets, freedom of movement regarding transportation, keeping personal control regarding health care, choice within education, state sovereignty. Government must serve the people, the people do not serve the government.
Here’s my take on the top issues in our state:
Standing with the people against tax increases.
The simple fact is this: people without work and who are struggling to pay their bills cannot afford tax hikes to pay for more government. Businesses on the edge cannot afford higher taxes without being forced to lay off more employees or reduce hours. The answer to an unstable economy is not more taxes, but less government. I will continue to fight for growth in the private sector and reduced taxes and fees for you, your family and your future.
More freedom for small businesses to create jobs.
I want Washington to be the best place to live and do business. Unfortunately, over-regulation and the heavy hand of state bureaucracies have punished the private sector just because it exists. Capitalism trumps socialism every time. History proves this. We must provide more freedom to small businesses to create more jobs, rather than constantly looking over their shoulders for the next government rule or tax increase.
Providing equal basic education to all students as mandated by our state constitution.
There are about one million students in our K-12 classrooms, and we are responsible for ensuring they have the best teachers and the best opportunities to succeed. While the recent McCleary state Supreme Court case required the state to invest more in education, we must ensure these new dollars are targeted toward classrooms and accountable for student achievement.
House Republicans have put forward a plan year after year to fund education first. This year, our proposal prioritized education while meeting our additional funding obligations.
Fix it before you fund it.This year, House Democrats, led by Governor Inslee, proposed a $10 billion transportation revenue package that included a 10.5 cent gas tax increase over 13 months. Not only was this out of touch with the financial reality of households across our state, it was ill-timed right after several costly mistakes were made by the Department of Transportation. House Republicans have proposed a package of proposals to “fix it before you fund it”:
- eliminating the sales tax on transportation projects;
- reducing duplicative environmental rules to speed up projects;
- limit the state’s liability in lawsuits based on share in fault;
- reducing our transportation bond terms to save interest on tax dollars; and
- mandate a report to the Legislature for engineering errors over $500,000.