My Priorities


JOBS/ECONOMY. A strong economy is the foundation for prosperous families and communities.  Too many people in Clark County are out of work, underemployed, or afraid they could lose their jobs.  The Legislature can and must increase our focus on economic turnaround and job creation.


EDUCATION. This is not just my top priority; it’s the top priority of the Washington State Constitution, and I believe that clarity in this area needs to be re-established. Educating our children is a concern and a hope of each family in Washington and you have an advocate in Paul Harris.


HEALTHCARE. All Americans deserve a world class healthcare system that is affordable.  Over the past few years we have seen healthcare costs skyrocket when we have been told they will fall.  The Affordable Healthcare Act has been anything but affordable.  Our state, led by a Governor and Insurance Commissioner who are Democrats, has fully invested in Obamacare and Washingtonians have felt the frustrations and broken promises.  You deserve better.


Jobs & The Economy

Jobs & The Economy—Let’s Get Clark County Working

A strong economy is the foundation for prosperous families and communities.  Too many people in Clark County are out of work, underemployed, or afraid they could lose their jobs.  The Legislature can and must increase our focus on economic turnaround and job creation.

I have supported legislation these past two sessions that would lower taxes, cut through the excessive, costly regulations and eliminate red tape allowing our employers to invest and create jobs.  Specifically I supported:

*Tax incentives for rural economic development and employers

*Bills to protect contractors’ right to exist

*Wage incentives to encourage the hiring of first time employees

*Workers’ compensation and regulatory reforms designed to lower costs

*Laws to prevent the spread of Seattle-based wage and employee rules to areas outside of Seattle

Certainty and stability for employers is one of the most effective solutions to improving the state budget and prosperity of Clark County workers.  A stable regulatory and business climate attracts investment and a higher standard of living for our families.  I fought hard to keep temporary taxes temporary, and protected vital tax incentives for business and agriculture.

Let’s get Clark County back to work! 

Education

Education—Fund Education First

 

 

Our children deserve a world class education which MUST be prioritized in the state budget.  The state constitution is clear, that education is the “paramount duty” of the state and should be treated as such in the state budget.  Nothing made this as clear as the 2012 state Supreme Court McCleary decision which found that our state has NOT been fully funding k-12 education

I believe that our first dollar spent must go to k-12 education.  We need to focus putting kids first and to show it, I supported an increase in funding for full-day kindergarten and k-3 class size reductions.  This is where we know we will get the largest return on investment for student outcomes.  I also supported giving schools additional Learning Assistance Program (LAP) dollars to help our most at-risk students. 

If education is the great equalizer and we know it reduces poverty, the answer in our state is to invest in education first. 

Healthcare

 

 

 

 

Healthcare

All Americans deserve a world class health care system that is affordable.  Over the past few years we have seen healthcare costs skyrocket when we have been told they will fall.  The Affordable Health Care Act, has been anything but affordable.  Our state, led by a Democratic Governor and Insurance Commissioner, has fully invested in Obamacare and Washingtonians have felt the frustrations and broken promises.  You deserve better. 

We were told, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Simply not true.  More than 290,000 Washingtonians have received cancellation notices

We were told, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”  Also not true.  Many people have found it cost prohibitive to keep their doctor, while others have lost important network coverage, including Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

We must have step-by step, common sense approaches that will fix what is broken.  You should be in charge of your health insurance and health care decisions.  Our state needs consumer driven health insurance plans that provide access to affordable health care. 

First, we need our Insurance Commissioner to allow people to keep their cancelled health insurance plans.  The Obama administration has reversed its course and gave states this option.

The biggest step we can take is to allow Washingtonians to buy health insurance plans in other states, similar to the way car insurance is purchased.  These two steps are the biggest our state can take to lower health care costs. 

We must fix our broken health care system and make it affordable for everyone. 

Protecting Most Vulnerable

When elected by the community to a leadership position, one of the greatest responsibilities is protect the weakest and most vulnerable citizens. As State Representative in the 17th District, I take this duty of serving those in most need as among my top priorities.