Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I want to thank those of you who were able to make it this past weekend to our 8th District town hall meetings throughout the district. I enjoy the opportunity to meet with the people I represent – the people I work for – and hear firsthand the issues and concerns they have.
One of the main topics was the state's budget problems and the taxes being implemented to help pay for the recent expansions of government. For more information on these taxes, you can visit the Department of Revenue's website here. Sen. Jerome Delvin and Rep. Brad Klippert and I all voted against these tax increases, which represent a Band-Aid solution to the overall problem of excessive state spending.
I understand that many of you could not make it to our town hall meetings, and I completely understand. However, you will have the opportunity to join me in a “tele-town hall meeting” on Thursday, June 24 at 6:50 p.m. Just dial 1-877-229-8493 and press pin # 15802. This gives you the opportunity to join with other concerned citizens from the comfort of your own home as we talk about the 2010 session, the budget, taxes, and other important issues.
I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to read my e-newsletters. I believe they are a valuable tool in helping you know what's happening in Olympia and with your state government. Unfortunately, election-year restrictions prohibit me from sending you an electronic newsletter from now until after the next general election in November.
It has been a privilege and an honor serving you over the years. Thank you for being an involved citizenry and thank you for continuing to work with me to make our region the best place in Washington to live, work and raise our families.