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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Earlier today, I spent a few minutes recording a video update to share my thoughts on what I’m looking forward to this session, what some of my legislative priorities are, and how you can be involved in making positive change for our district and state. I hope you’ll take some time to watch and share your thoughts with me.

As a caucus, House Republicans are focused this session on championing solutions to fix the growing number of crises facing our state. From the economy to the environment, housing to public safety, we want to make life better for you and your family. I encourage you to sign up for text alerts and follow us on Twitter (now X), Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. You can also bookmark my legislative website, where you’ll find my latest press releases, video updates, radio interviews, and more.

Salmon recovery is one of my top priorities

As I said in my last email update, salmon recovery needs to be a bigger priority for the Legislature. Salmon have always played a critical role in our state’s culture, history, ecosystem, and economy. They have been central to the way of life for indigenous communities such as the Nisqually for centuries, and continue to hold immense cultural and economic significance. That is why I’ve put together a comprehensive five-bill package designed to bolster the state’s efforts on salmon recovery and preserve the livelihoods of fishers.

The five bills are:

  • HB 2286: Targeted Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Grants: This bill would establish a new grant program focusing on high-risk salmon and steelhead stocks facing extinction, Endangered Species Act listing, or closest to delisting. Grants would prioritize collaboration, data-driven decision making, and significant funding, with a minimum $50 million appropriation request per biennium.
  • HB 2289: Sales Tax Exemption for Salmon Recovery Projects: This legislation would remove financial barriers by exempting qualified salmon recovery projects from sales and use taxes on labor, services, materials, and equipment in order to enhance restoration efforts and contribute to long-term salmon resilience.
  • HB 2291: Independent Review of Riparian Programs: Recognizing the vital role of riparian areas in ecosystem health and flood control, this bill would order a thorough review of Washington’s diverse riparian programs to assess their effectiveness, accessibility, and efficiency. The aim would be to optimize resource allocation and maximize program impact.
  • HB 2293: Avian Salmon Predation Work Group: Addressing the growing concern of avian predation on struggling salmon populations, this bill would establish a dedicated work group comprised of diverse stakeholders to study the issue, develop solutions, and report back annually to the Legislature.
  • HB 2294: Dedicated Salmon Recovery Account: To guarantee consistent and reliable funding, this bill would create a dedicated Salmon Recovery Account with an annual transfer of $50 million from the state general fund. This flexible funding source would be available for a range of activities, ensuring resources are directed where they’re most needed.

I believe the key to the recovery of our salmon lies in all of us working together—lawmakers, tribal governments, state agencies, local stakeholders, conservationists, and concerned citizens. This package of bills reflects that commitment.

Contacting me

Please continue reaching out to me with your comments, questions and concerns. My email address is JT.Wilcox@leg.wa.gov, and my office number is (360) 786-7912.

It is an honor to serve you.


J.T. Wilcox

State Representative J.T. Wilcox, 2nd Legislative District
122A Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7912 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000