Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I want to invite you to join me and my seatmate, Rep. Matt Shea, tomorrow night, March 27, for our 4th Legislative District telephone town hall meeting. This one-hour event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is a great opportunity for us to hear from you as we work in Olympia on your behalf. We will send out calls tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., but if you don't receive a call, or want to call us from your cell phone, just dial (509) 404-3047. Once you've joined, you can participate in our survey, ask us questions directly, or just sit back and listen to your friends and neighbors. I hope you can join us and I look forward to hearing from you!
Sentences for violent criminals
A few weeks ago, I sent out a survey to ask your opinion on legislation in Olympia that would eliminate the death penalty and also “life without the possibility of parole.” The trend to let violent sexual predators out of prison early is troubling, especially as we're seeing more of them released back into our communities here locally in Spokane.
Here is what many 4th Legislative District residents had to say about it:
Do you support Senate Bill 5339, the legislation to eliminate the death penalty in Washington state?
6% = YES, I believe the state should eliminate the death penalty from state law.
93% = NO, I believe we should keep the death penalty as a tool for prosecutors, violent crime victims and their families.
1% = I'm not sure
Do you support Senate Bill 5819 which would eliminate the penalty of “life in prison without the possibility of parole”?
3% = YES, I believe we should eliminate this sentence.
97% = NO, I believe we should keep this sentence to help prosecutors with negotiations and plea deals.
Budget battle – taxes should NOT be on the table
We are fighting in Olympia for our shared values and priorities. But the effort from majority Democrats to tax and spend continues. Despite record revenue collections far exceeding historical norms, House Democrats released their budget this week. They want to increase spending by $8.5 billion despite multiple signs that our economy is cooling. It also includes tax increases to the tune of about $4 billion over four years. I firmly believe we do NOT need to raise taxes. We have enough to fix the governor's broken mental health system, invest in special education, protect our forests, keep violent offenders behind bars, and take care of the most vulnerable among us.
Thank you for staying involved in your state government. Please feel free to contact my office if you need help with a state agency or have questions or concerns about legislation before us in Olympia. It is truly an honor to serve you.