Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber | The Legislature should pass all six initiatives in the remaining days of the 2024 legislative session

It’s important for elected state lawmakers to listen to the people of the state of Washington. The people have spoken.

More than 400,000 Washingtonians have signed six initiatives that are now before the Legislature for consideration.

I support all six initiatives and believe the Legislature should pass them in the remaining days of the 2024 legislative session.

Here are the details:

  • Initiative 2113 would restore vehicular pursuit options for our police officers. In 2021, Democrats put limitations on law enforcement’s ability to pursue suspected criminals. It had an immediate, negative impact on public safety. Today, our state ranks at or near the top in retail theft, property crime, and auto theft. Criminals feel empowered and, as a result, our state has a public safety crisis. We need to hit reverse on this misguided approach. This initiative received a public hearing on February 28.
  • Initiative 2117 would repeal the state’s controversial Climate Commitment Act. Let’s call it what it is: A carbon tax. This policy is why you have been paying higher gas and energy prices. It has also hurt our farmers and agriculture community. Everyone cares about our environment. A regressive carbon tax is not the answer and voters have rejected related ballot measures in the past.
  • Initiative 2111 would prohibit state and local personal income taxes. I don’t have too many people contacting me asking to be taxed more. Washingtonians have voted against a state income tax several times over the years. I am listening. I agree. This initiative received a public hearing on February 27.
  • Initiative 2109 would repeal the state’s capital gains tax. Will this tax apply to most of us today? No. But it could in the future if it’s expanded. And I think it will be eventually. We also know this tax is volatile and discourages investment in our state. The Legislature already has enough revenue to pay for state priorities. This tax is not necessary. In 2021, more than 61% of voters said the capital gains tax should be repealed in an advisory vote.
  • Initiative 2081 would establish a Parents’ Bill of Rights relating to their children’s public-school education. It would increase transparency and build trust in our public schools at a time when many families have left the system. I see it as a win-win for families and schools. This initiative received a public hearing on February 28.
  • Initiative 2124 would allow Washington workers to opt out of the state’s long-term care program and payroll tax. This program is unpopular, unfair, and inadequate, and the payroll tax is another expense for struggling families. Long-term care insurance might be right for you. But it should be your choice. You shouldn’t be forced into a state program. In 2019, nearly 63% of voters said the program should be repealed in an advisory vote.

As House Republican Floor Leader, I am elected to be the parliamentarian on the House floor for my caucus. When each one of these initiatives arrived in our chamber, we made motions on the House floor asking for them to receive prompt public hearings in their respective committees. I personally made the motion to put parents back in control of their children’s education (I-2081). The majority party voted each motion down.

There are themes with these initiatives. Affordability, public safety, and empowering parents. These are unifying issues for Republicans and the people of the state of Washington. That’s why we have fought hard for them to receive public hearings.

State lawmakers have three options with each initiative. One, pass it. Two, do nothing and it advances to the November ballot. Three, pass an alternative and both measures advance to the November ballot. We will see how the scenarios play out from now until March 7.

Stay tuned. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have ideas, concerns, or questions.

Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, represents the 7th Legislative District.

State Representative Jacquelin Maycumber, 7th Legislative District
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