Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As you have likely heard, today the governor called the Legislature into a “Special Session” beginning on Thursday. This session is meant to vote on a package of bills that Boeing and Gov. Inslee negotiated, as well as decide if a gas tax will be implemented to cover new transportation projects.
The governor said he is pushing this agenda forward in order to create jobs – specifically aerospace jobs. All of us want to create a hospitable business climate in Washington and increase job growth. However, the governor is now expecting the Legislature to vote on a series of bills that have yet to even be written – bills which will likely decide to place a new tax on our citizens!
Regardless of the content of this legislation, the citizens of the State of Washington are being shut out of the conversation. I pledge to you that I will use my voice to give you yours.
During the previous special session in January state lawmakers tried to pass a 10.5-cent per gallon gas tax. If it had passed, we would have the highest gas tax in the nation and some of that money would have funded flawed Columbia River Crossing plans.
I have no doubt this session has come as a complete surprise to most legislators on both sides of the aisle. Tax incentives, education/workforce development, permitting processes, and transportation infrastructure are all critical issues. They are also complicated issues that require public input and thorough debate. I want the public to be involved in the legislative process. Please pass this email along to everyone you know, call your senator and representatives, and fill up the in-boxes with your thoughts about another gas tax increase and the circumvention of the public process.
Thank you for trusting me to fight on your behalf and for the needs of the 18th Legislative District.