Reducing the Tax Burden
According to Article VII of the Washington’s Constitution, “all taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of property within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax and shall be levied and collected for public purposes only.” Since 1933, the State Supreme Court and the voters have repeatedly rejected the notion that an income tax/Capital gains tax. I agree- an income tax is not constitutional and is not in the best interest of the State of Washington.
In recent years, Seattle and Olympia politicians have also wanted to create new taxes and increase existing taxes, like the Business and Occupation Tax (B&O). I do not support new and increased taxes on working families and small businesses. The State of Washington should incentivize growth and job creation by reducing the overwhelming tax burden and eliminating onerous regulations.
Early Learning and Education
A recent study conducted by a collaborative task force of child care organizations, found that roughly 550,000 kids in Washington do not have access to child care services, and that “the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced capacity even further.” Of the parents surveyed, 18% reported turning down a job over child care issues. This is an economic issue as much as it is a social and education issue.
We need to create more opportunities for pre-kindergarten children to successfully prepare for school, develop safe places for school-aged students to play and study, and provide opportunities for parents to work and earn a living. Our community is not merely talking about this issue but proactively developing a United Learning Center. I look forward to continuing efforts to set children, students, and families up for success.
The backbone to successful communities is quality infrastructure. Sewer, water, roads, and broadband all play an integral part in planning for the future. I am committed to working with our federal, state, and local leaders to improve infrastructure.
The lack of reliable and accessible internet is about ”digital equity’ for our students trying to earn a quality education, seniors trying to stay connected with enrichment programs, businesses trying to compete nationally and globally, and medical providers trying to treat vulnerable patients through telemedicine. It impacts us all.
Since being elected to the Centralia City Council, I have focused many efforts on residential and commercial growth to allow our community and region to meet its full economic potential. In 2019, I was honored to received the Economic Development Leadership Award from the Lewis County Economic Development Council for my work with local entrepreneurs. My efforts continue in the State Legislature.