Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Tomorrow is the halfway point of the scheduled 60-day session. It is also the second major deadline of the session, known as “fiscal committee cutoff” for house of origin bills. Legislation that involves money/spending must be passed by its respective fiscal committee by tomorrow or it is considered dead for the year. The policy cutoff for house of origin bills was Friday. Legislation necessary to implement the budget are exempt from the cutoffs. These deadlines are necessary to keep the House and Senate on track to finish its business within the allotted 60 days.
Carbon tax will not reduce state's carbon — there are better ways
One of the main discussions of this session is Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to implement a $3.3 billion carbon tax. His own advisors say the governor's tax proposal would raise electricity prices and the cost of gasoline by as much as 20 cents at the pump. I'm concerned that little of that tax would be used to lower carbon output in Washington. In fact, I believe there are better, more effective ways to reduce carbon and create a cleaner environment than imposing new taxes. I talk about this in an article I wrote that will appear this week in the Prosser Record-Bulletin and the Dayton Chronicle. I invite you to read it here.
Join me and Rep. Bill Jenkin tomorrow (Tuesday) for a telephone town hall meeting
This time of year when we are voting on bills, it is difficult to get back to the district for any length of time. However, it is also the time we really need to hear from you about the issues we will be voting on. That's why Rep. Bill Jenkin and I are holding a telephone town hall meeting tomorrow evening, Feb. 6. We encourage you to join us and bring your questions.
The program is operated much like a radio call-in talk show. To participate, please call us between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at (509) 204-7030. To ask a question, press the * (star) key on your telephone keypad. We look forward to hearing from you. My contact information is also below in case you would like to reach me some other time.
Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve and represent you!