ON THE ISSUES
ECONOMY & JOBS
- Bring relief to small businesses by increasing the amount of their Business & Occupation tax credit.
- Streamline the process for hiring and ongoing employment by allowing businesses to conduct all employee-related functions from a single online portal to reduce administrative burden.
- Reduce the licensing fees and training requirements for specific professions to facilitate new workforce entry and movement of skilled labor from other states.
- Oppose new forms of taxation (capital gains, income, employee head-taxes) that will inhibit economic growth, suppress job creation, and erode private capital available for start-up ventures.
- Provide direction and funding for training in “preventative intervention” by police officers that is reinforced through field evaluations and incident reviews.
- Create an investigative body independent of the State Patrol that is empowered to conduct hearings, issue reports, and make formal recommendations regarding the use of force by police agencies statewide.
- Enhance skills-based education in our prison system to promote rehabilitation over mass incarceration. Include vocational training as part of youth diversion programs in place of juvenile detention.
- Resist efforts to defund law enforcement or close jails that will leave vulnerable communities impacted by higher levels of criminal activity.
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY & REFORM
- Affirm the principles of the Washington Public Records Act and its applicability to all Legislative affairs.
- Restrict the use of “emergency” declarations in legislation so that its use is rare, and the people retain their authority to repeal laws through citizen-sponsored referendums.
- Close the revolving door in Olympia by enacting a two-year waiting period on high government officials before they can engage in lobbying activities
- The State should not diminish the role of religion in the lives of its citizens by making it subordinate to other civil rights. Tolerance of religious faith is the cornerstone of a nation comprised of free and diverse people.
- Washington must discontinue the practice of forced political speech through its public sector unions and comply with the 2018 Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Government workers should have the sole discretion to opt-in or out of the collection of dues with any infringement of this consent subject to financial penalties for the union and restitution to the employee.
- The will of the citizens as expressed by their vote through Referendum or Initiative must be honored by the State and the practice of this time-honored process should not be abridged by the Legislature.
- Remove tolls on highway lanes or bridges that no longer have debt obligations for their construction. The taxpayers should not pay twice for roads and bridges that are paid-in-full.
- Review proposed transportation projects with an eye towards future technologies such self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, and electric-powered commuter aircraft. Such consideration may alter the long-term viability of current mass transit and road systems.
- Oppose all efforts to impose a mileage-based fee system, even it is intended as replacement for the current gas tax. This concept is particularly onerous should the State mandate GPS tracking so they can adjust the charges for when, where, and why you are taking the trip.