Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Legislative session has officially reached the half-way mark—with only 30 more days to go before the conclusion of our work in Olympia. Because we've passed the Legislature's self-imposed fiscal and policy cutoff dates, hundreds of bills are now considered “dead” for the year. The only exception to this rule are bills necessary to implement the budget.
Lowering the costs of buying home
There's an extremely short supply of affordable housing across our state. In our district, it can even be difficult for working professionals making a decent wage to get into a new home. To help lower the costs of buying a house, I've sponsored House Bill 1938. It would allow a 4.37 remittance on the state sales and use tax for infrastructure costs like sidewalks, sewer systems, and other items. In turn, this lowers the cost of buying a home.
Finding viable solutions that can close the gap between construction costs and what people can afford should be prioritized. I'm glad to announce that my bill was recently approved by the House Finance Committee, and now heads to the Rules Committee where it awaits consideration by the full chamber. Stay tuned. I'll be sharing more on this bill in future updates.
Telephone Town Hall
I want to hear from you! That's why I'm hosting a telephone town hall with my seatmate, Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden. We are pleased to invite residents of the 12th District to take part in the hour-long program on Thursday, Feb. 27 starting at 6 p.m.
What: 12th District Telephone Town Hall
When: Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 to 7 p.m.
Dial: (509) 724-2970. Press * (star key) to ask a question.
For more information, call my Olympia office at (360) 786-7832.
I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the legislative survey I hosted with Rep. Keith Goehner at the start of the 2020 legislative session. As I've said many times, hearing from people back home is critical to my work in Olympia. The information from this survey has already helped me have a better understanding of your priorities. With that said, if there's something I missed or more you'd like to say about the questions below, feel free to contact me anytime.
Here are the results:
Stay in touch!
It's an honor and a privilege to serve you in the state House. As always, feel free to contact me any time with your comments, questions or concerns about the 2020 session or anything else that's on your mind.