Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Due to surging revenue collections over the past year, our state now has a $2.4 billion budget surplus. Taxpayers are giving state government more money than at any time in state history. Yet, for the Democrat majority, it's still not enough. It never seems to be enough. They want to continue their tax-and-spend agenda despite already having passed massive tax and spending increases in recent years. It's hard to understand how they can be so out of touch with Washington taxpayers, who have repeatedly said 'no' to new and higher taxes, but that's the unfortunate reality.
For our part, House Republicans have proposed $1 billion in tax relief for you and your family. We want to deliver the $30 car tabs voters approved (overwhelmingly in our district), while also providing meaningful sales tax relief on food and personal necessities. We know that with a $2.4 billion budget surplus, we have more than enough revenue to fund our state's top priorities. While the majority party will continue coming up with excuses for not cutting your taxes, we believe you deserve relief and will be pushing hard in these last two weeks of session to provide it.
A lot of you have asked me how you can get involved to ensure your voice is heard by the majority on this issue. This weekend, there's an opportunity for you to do just that. Tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., our tax relief proposal, HB 2946, is scheduled to receive a public hearing in the House Transportation Committee. The committee meeting will be held in House Hearing Room B in the John L. O'Brien Building (a map of the Capitol Campus is below).
If you can make it to Olympia and would like to testify on the bill, click here to find out how you can do that. If you're unable to make it, but would still like to comment on the bill, click here. Thank you in advance for standing with us!
Telephone town hall on March 2
On Monday, March 2, I will be hosting a telephone town hall from 6-7 p.m. with Sen. Hans Zeiger and Rep. Chris Gildon. Only households with landlines will receive an invitation phone call, so residents wanting to participate via cell phone may call (253) 234-4923 any time from 6-7 p.m. We look forward to talking with you!
The three of us are also working to secure a date and location for an in-district town hall meeting immediately after session. Stay tuned for more details.
Please continue contacting me with your comments, questions or concerns. My phone number is (360) 786-7948, and my email address is Kelly.Chambers@leg.wa.gov.
It is an honor to serve you.