JOBS. Unemployment in Clark County is the highest in the State of Washington at 13%. Every candidate claims to be for more jobs, the difference is the belief on what creates more jobs. I will fight for an environment that draws in more businesses, and creates an environment that encourages businesses to bring there companies jobs here.
EDUCATION. This is not just my top priority, its the top priority of the Washington State Constitutions and I believe that boundaries to this fact need to re-established. Educating our children is a concern and a hope of each family in Washington and you have an advocate in Paul Harris.
ENERGY. The cost of energy to is directly connected to a businesses choosing our state for its business, or another that is more competitive. By focusing on low cost energy we bring jobs to our state, and lower bills to each family during these tough times.
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.
Jobs—Let’s Get Washington Working
Let’s Get Washington Working is a plan that unshackles businesses from excessive regulations. Private employers in many sectors of Washington State are bound with exorbitant taxes and fees that hinder economic growth and progress. Let’s Get Washington Working would promote a free market economy, allowing employers to prosper and create jobs. Here are some examples of bills included in Let’s Get Washington Working—
#B1961—Requires a permit decision in 90 days.
#B1125—Recognizes Hydro Power as renewable.
#B2276—Enacts major regulatory reforms.
#B1671 – Requires state agencies to determine if a new rule would have an economic impact on jobs before adopting the rule.
#B1592—Suspend GMA in counties with 7% unemployment for three consecutive months.
When Americans have jobs and are working we spend money. The taxes collected from money spent goes to the State General Fund. This fund provides for core services of government such as education, public safety and programs to help children and the elderly.
This last legislative session, the majority party set these bills aside in order to pass their priority legislation of social issues, such as Same Sex Marriage.
Education—Fund Education First
It seems every campaign in the country claims our students deserve a quality education. So why would we bet on a tax increase to fund it? Washington State’s Constitution is clear—Education is the primary duty of the state.
Funding education first would take the politics out of the classroom and would deliver financial assurance and peace of mind to concerned parents, teachers and students. The courts have ruled that programs and offerings falling within the legislative definition of basic education are considered non discretionary and must be funded regardless of budgetary constraints. There is precedence for a separate education budget. Washington State currently operates three of them, an Operating Budget, a Capital Budget and a Transportation Budget.
If education is the great equalizer and we know it reduces poverty, the answer in our state is to invest in education first.
The economic collapse that has occurred warrants reconsideration and modifications of our current Power and Energy Measure called I-937. The next step of I-937 is going to cause a serious increase to our power bills and will have a very negative impact on several large high tech companies in our community. These companies are approaching electrical bills of over a million dollars each month. This group employs about 3000 people in Clark County, at good paying jobs, that may have to make adjustments to their payroll to compensate for their utility expenses.
What can be done—
1—Recognizing a portion of hydro as renewable would solve this next step of I-937, save jobs and protect the environment.
2—Remove the requirement to buy before we need power. We currently have ample power for many years and we should not be required to add expensive renewable power before we need it.
3—Make conservation a source of renewable energy.
We can protect our power needs and energy resources without affecting jobs in Washington.
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.