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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This year's 60-day legislative session is now under way, and House Republicans are hard at work fighting for you and your family against bigger government, higher taxes, and policies that seek to undermine your constitutional rights.

During the interim, the 40 members of our caucus got together on several occasions to discuss what we wanted our agenda to look like this year. In the end, we decided to focus on three things: safety, affordability and accountability. The central tenant of our argument is that you can and should expect more from your leaders in these critical areas.

Under one-party control, chronic homelessness, drug addiction, crime, and untreated mental illness have made many of our communities less safe. Additionally, owning and renting a home — and raising a family — have become more expensive than ever, while inflexible state mandates have driven up the costs of daily living. Finally, the governor and the majority party have overseen major failures in state government — including the early release of prisoners, cost overruns for transportation projects, data breaches, the decertification of Western State Hospital, and heartbreaking outcomes for children in our foster care system. A lack of accountability for these failures has broken the public's trust, and those who are in charge seem to be in no hurry to regain it.

House Republicans are intently focused on making our state safer, more affordable, and more accountable to you, the people. Safety means addressing homelessness in a comprehensive and results-oriented way, supporting our law enforcement community, and cracking down on crime. Affordability means implementing $30 car tabs, prohibiting new taxes on income, fighting against costly fuel programs that increase energy costs, and implementing policies to make child care more affordable. Lastly, accountability means protecting all of your constitutional rights, holding the governor and majority party accountable, and eliminating title-only bills — also known as “ghost bills.”

We hope you'll stand with us this session as we work to deliver on our agenda. I encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and share our posts. Every share truly does make a difference. I also invite you to visit our new website, The Ledger, every day. The Ledger is a legislative news aggregator that features the biggest stories from around the state, as well as House Republican communications. Finally, please visit and bookmark my legislative website, where you can find my latest press releases, video updates, radio interviews, and more.

It is an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,


J.T. Wilcox

State Representative J.T. Wilcox, 2nd Legislative District
RepresentativeJTWilcox.com
335C Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7912 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000