Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2022 legislative session came to a close last night. Earlier today, I recorded a video from my home office in which I provided my thoughts on what transpired over the last 60 days. Overall, I believe it was a session of missed opportunities. While lawmakers fixed some of the problems created in previous legislative sessions, that's not what most people will remember. What they'll remember is Democrats refusing to deliver tax relief for Washington families despite a massive budget surplus, the adoption of a partisan and fee-heavy transportation package that will make driving more expensive, and a failure to pass emergency powers reform legislation for the second straight session. I hope you'll take five minutes out of your day to watch my recap:
From day one, House Republicans fought hard to lower taxes and make life more affordable, make our communities safer, hold Governor Inslee and his state agencies accountable, empower parents and increase transparency in our K-12 education system, and fix the failures we're seeing in many different areas of government.
I could not be prouder of the members of our caucus. We were focused, we introduced meaningful legislation, we presented compelling arguments and won every floor debate, and we had your back every single day. I would encourage you to watch any of the floor debate mashups on this page to get an idea for just how hard we fought for you and your family this session.
While it is my hope we will have a wiser Legislature next year, our priorities will stay the same. We want to make Washington the best state in the country to live, work, start a business, raise a family, and retire. We're on the wrong path now, but I am extremely confident that together, we can make a much-needed course correction.
Please continue reaching out to me with comments, questions, concerns, or anything else that's on your mind. My email address is JT.Wilcox@leg.wa.gov, and my office number is (360) 786-7912.
It is an honor to serve you.