Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We have less than three weeks left in the 2020 legislative session, and things are coming down to the wire. Last week kicked off the first major battle we'll encounter this year, and it was all about our right to keep and bear arms.
One of the most controversial pieces of legislation, House Bill 2240, would have placed significant restrictions on legal firearm owners and possibly turned law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight. This bill would have trampled our Second Amendment rights and diminished home and family defense options. It was a significant win to prevent it from passing.
So, how do you stop bad policy when you're in the minority? By rolling up your sleeves, working across the aisle, leveraging every tool available, and fighting hard. That's exactly what we did to stop House Bill 2240. In the end, we proposed more than 100 strong amendments to the bill, and Democrats chose not to debate these issues, and removed it from consideration.
Instead, the majority party chose to leverage a parliamentary trick and introduced House Bill 2947, after the calendar deadline had passed. This bill does the same thing as House Bill 2240, but this time, they altered the bill title and updated it to add a new tax, which ties it to the budget and gives it new life.
This is unfortunate because it stifles transparency and debate, but we'll do everything in our power to stop it.
I'm also happy to report another major win and promise kept. Just this week, we completed our transportation budget work and it is balanced! Prior to session, the governor had claimed it was impossible to make the budget work without taking on massive new debt and suspending a wide variety of major transportation projects.
Simply put, we didn't agree, and we went to work. Our budget is not only balanced, but it doesn't raise taxes or require us to take on additional debt, either! Oh, and it funds every one of the projects the governor said we couldn't afford!
This is truly a bipartisan win and shows you the type of work we can accomplish when we put aside our differences and work together for the sake of fiscal responsibility.
There are several other big issues to talk about, and in this newsletter update, I'd like to get your feedback. You can participate in my survey found below, by clicking this link: please take my survey.
Rep. Jesse Young's 2020 session opinion poll
1. Budget and Taxes – last week we received the state's updated revenue forecast, which is projecting a surge of unexpected new revenue, giving the state a total surplus of $2.4 billion. I joined with every other House Republican in support of House Bill 2946 that would provide $1 billion in tax relief for Washington's working families.
House Bill 2946 would do several things, including uphold voters' demand for $30 car tabs, while ensuring stable funding for roads and transit. In addition, House Republicans are also working on a number of other bills that I have co-sponsored that would provide relief, by reducing the state property tax, providing a back-to-school sales tax holiday, and reaffirming the prohibition of the imposition of a local income tax.
Tell us what you think. Do you support this proposal? Take my survey
2. Transportation – I've also been fighting against any GPS tracking policy that would give the government the ability to track you while you drive. As of now, it looks like we've killed that, as well. I've heard from so many of you through email and voicemail about this issue, but we need to get this formalized so we can share it with others, especially our state senator who supports it.
Tell us what you think. Do you want the government tracking
where you drive? Take my
3. Mandatory Sex Education – it looks like our next big hurdle to overcome could be the push to force sex education in elementary schools, starting in kindergarten. House and Senate Democrats both introduced legislation that would mandate graphic sexual “health” education for all public school students, starting in kindergarten, by the 2022-23 school year. Some of the content is so disturbing that I debated whether or not to include it. Ultimately, I felt it was my duty to make sure you knew what your children could be taught. Approved curriculum, which has been determined to be “appropriate,” includes lessons on how to masturbate and perform anal sex (to name just a few).
Both of these bills would include the use of radical curriculum and require that all students K-12 participate. They would also limit local control and parents' ability to decide what their children are taught.
Tell us what you think. Do you support radical sex education
like teaching kindergartners how to use a condom? Take my survey
Thank You for Joining Me!
Lastly, I want to say thank you to all who came out this past weekend to one of our four town hall events in the 26th District. We hosted events in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Key Peninsula, and Gig Harbor, and it was a pleasure meeting and engaging with you. As always, your questions, comments, ideas, and concerns are very valuable to me as I work to represent you in Olympia. So, thank you for coming out. If you weren't able to attend one of these events, you can still contact me via email at Jesse.Young@leg.wa.gov or by calling 360-786-7964.
Also, please be sure to visit my website, RepresentativeJesseYoung.com, to stay up to date with everything going on in our state Capitol.
In strength and honor,