Nearly one-half of Americans believe their job is lost forever. According to an April AP-NORC poll, 78% of those in households with a job loss thought they’d be temporary. Now, 47% think that lost job is definitely or probably not coming back.
The Washington Stay Home-Stay Safe orders from the Governor were made without a long-term plan or strategy to re-open and support small businesses. Many Washingtonians agreed with the initial orders while a plan was put in place, but the lack of leadership and collaboration left many without a job, without economic security, and without hope. This is not good for families, businesses, students, or anyone.
Together, we need to Get Washington Working. This is about more than jobs, this is about the political machine in Olympia not working in the best interest of Washingtonians. We need communication, collaboration, and a less arbitrary and unilateral approach to governance.Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District. Peter is a business owner, attorney with a Master of Laws in Taxation, mayor pro-tem in the City of Centralia, and husband and father.
In May, the Governor ended the bipartisan legislative task force focused on a long-term recovery plan. No new bipartisan committee has been created and the Governor’s weekly orders are unilateral without bipartisan legislative planning.
Economic Rebuilding from the Stay Home Orders will be the most complex issue facing the State Legislature. The Washington economic and revenue forecast council estimated the State of Washington is facing a massive deficit!
Despite high unemployment and massive deficits, the Governor adopts a centralized planning approach with little to no input from the bipartisan legislative leadership. In fact, the Governor ended the bipartisan recovery task force in May.
I have experience as a Centralia City Councilor balancing a $150 million budget, I also have experience as a business owner and attorney on building sustainable economic plans for individuals and businesses.
I do not support creating new taxes or increasing the rate of existing taxes. The state cannot tax its way out of a recession or to prosperity on the backs of working families and small businesses.
First, the State must cut the budget; not with a chainsaw, but with a scalpel. We must protect the most vulnerable in our community while at the same time recognizing that the democrat majority and Governor have over spent and created unsustainable programs with unreliable revenue. The 2019 budget spends 19% more than the previous state budget. We can reduce spending while maintaining vital services.
Second, the State must grow our economy and eliminating regulatory barriers for small business to expand and create jobs. Over burdensome and clearly political and arbitrary regulations are preventing our community and small businesses from growing and creating jobs.
I will help get Washington back to work and jumpstart the economy by reducing taxes and regulations and encouraging job creation and job growth.Peter Abbarno, Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.