Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Legislature has an important duty this session to move forward on implementing the will of the voters on $30 car tabs. Taxpayers want and deserve a break on the fees and taxes that have been attached to car tabs over the years. Initiative 976 was approved by Washingtonian voters with 53% approval.
Despite what some lawmakers may think, we were sent to Olympia by the people. It's our duty and privilege to honor their decision. Listed below are some measures introduced this session that would make $30 car tabs a reality in our state.
House Bill 2227 would limit state and local taxes, fees and other charges relating to vehicles, and establish $30 car tabs.
House Bill 2323 would phase in a shift of state sales tax on motor vehicles to pay for cash-based preservation and maintenance projects in increments of 10% over 10 years. Expected revenue in 2021: $117.5 million
House Bill 2285 would make preservation and maintenance a priority for transportation goals.
Legislative survey results
A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to participate in a legislative survey. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts on issues being discussed at the state Capitol. The results will be extremely useful in the weeks to come. Listed below is a quick summary of your answers.
If you did not get the chance to take the survey, it's still open. Click here to participate.
Upcoming town hall meeting
I'm excited to announce that along with my colleagues, Sen. Keith Wagoner and Rep. Robert Sutherland, I will be co-hosting a town hall meeting in Arlington on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please consider attending. Your feedback on bills and policy being debated and decided in Olympia is critical to my work on your behalf. I look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22
Where: Arlington Municipal Airport; Putnam Hall, Arlington, WA
Address: 18204 59th Ave NE
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
*If you have any questions about this event, call (360-786-7816) my office. I'm happy to help.
I encourage you to reach out to my office with your thoughts, comments or concerns about the 2020 session—or other state-government related topics. My contact information is listed on this update.
Thank you for the honor of serving you in Olympia!