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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Greetings from Olympia! With some important session deadlines behind us, legislators in both the House and Senate are now back in their respective committees considering bills approved by the opposite chamber.

The state's 2019-21 revenue forecast

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its recent state revenue forecast this week. State tax collections continue to be very strong. In fact, they've been strong since the last budget was written. Current state spending hovers around $44.4 billion and forecasted revenue for 2019-21 is $50.6 billion.

I'm pleased to see this revenue growth for our state. However, I'm mindful that as our state's economy grows, we need to be fiscally responsible. Despite these strong collections, the governor and other lawmakers continue to look to impose hefty tax increases. Now is not the time to go on a tax dollar spending spree. We do not need to raise taxes! Simply put, we need to learn to live within our state's very ample means.

Town hall meeting reminder!

You are invited to a town hall meeting hosted by myself and Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden. Please come and share your comments, concerns, and ideas about state government. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Location: Wenatchee Valley College, The Grove Recital Hall, 1300 Fifth Street

Thank you!

If you have any questions about the upcoming town hall or other government-related matters, feel free to give me a call at (360) 786-7832 or send me an email at mike.steele@leg.wa.gov.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Olympia!


Mike Steele

State Representative Mike Steele, 12th Legislative District
122F Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
360-786-7832 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000