Affordable housing work in jeopardy Washington state’s housing problems spurred the creation of a housing-policy committee in the 2019 legislative session. However, tax efforts by legislative Democrats may undermine the committee’s work to address affordable housing. Too many solutions legislative Democrats are promoting to address affordable housing are focused on raising taxes to subsidize ever-increasing... Read More...
Truth in government bill seeks to change state agency name Taxpayer advocate and state Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, has introduced truth-in-government legislation that accurately portrays the work of a state agency. Senate Bill 5925 would change the name of the state Department of Revenue to the Department of Taxation. The simple name change required an over-500-page bill. “I was at... Read More...
Transportation Survey I need your input. Please take the survey below concerning transportation plans being considered in the Senate. Below are examples of revenue sources for a new transportation package. Note billions in new taxes and fees versus my proposal that uses existing revenues you already send to Olympia.   Create your... Read More...
Keeping more education dollars in the classroom Many school districts are concerned about the cost of unfunded mandates from the state. Those can be solved with additional funding. The problem is where to get the additional funding from. As of latest count, the state has passed over 1477 regulations down to the local school districts. I’ve introduced legislation... Read More...
Firearms test required for legislators to draft gun legislation State Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, has introduced legislation in advance of the 2019 legislative session that would require legislators who draft gun legislation to be trained and pass a test. “We have legislators drafting bills who have no idea how firearms work or any sense of firearm nomenclature,” said Fortunato.... Read More...
I want to hear from you! Before the Christmas holiday, I sent out an e-newsletter with a survey link requesting your feedback. Thanks to all that have taken it so far. If you haven’t, here is another way below.   Create your own user feedback survey Read More...
Transportation Town Hall Dec. 6, 2018 Greetings Friends, Now that election season is over, I’m once again able to provide updates on what’s going on in your state government. The 2019 legislative session is approaching. I need your feedback on important transportation issues in the Enumclaw-Buckley area. In the 2017 session, I was... Read More...