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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well in the new year.

The 60-day legislative began on January 8. State lawmakers are considering several critical issues this year. The greatest concerns of the people of the 7th District continue to be the safety of our families and the rising costs of living.

Our community safety

Nothing is more important than feeling safe in our communities. Community safety is also a fundamental responsibility of all levels of government.

Our state is in a public safety crisis. At different times over the last year, we have ranked #1 in the nation for retail theft, #2 for all property crimes, and #3 for auto theft. We also know that violent crime is on the rise. You can learn more about our state crime statistics on this web page.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that Initiative 2113, which would restore vehicle pursuit options for police officers to pursue suspects, was certified by the Secretary of State and referred to the House Community Safety, Justice, and Reentry Committee. As a former law enforcement officer, I fully support this initiative because it will help keep our communities safe.

As the House Republican floor leader, I led the debate against the legislation in 2021 that took this important tool away from our police officers. Limiting the ability for law enforcement to do their jobs and reducing sentences for criminals have had serious consequences for our communities. It is time to fix these problems and get our state back on track.

We must do more. Since my first day in office, I’ve been warning that we cannot keep our children, families, and communities safe when Washington remains last in the nation for law enforcement per capita. We need more highly trained, highly motivated, and highly valued law enforcement patrolling our communities. There are two House Republican proposals (House Bill 1380 and House Bill 2202) that would accomplish this goal. Let’s find the solution and get it passed.


Your rising costs of living

It remains expensive to live in our state. Two years ago, I wrote an op-ed titled: “Think cost of food and fuel are high now? They’re about to get worse.” In the piece, I expressed my disappointment with the majority party for not providing meaningful tax relief when the state had a large budget surplus.

I also warned that the state’s new cap-and-tax program would negatively impact state gas prices. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened. Washington now has some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and it’s crushing family budgets.

Help could be on the way. Initiative 2117, which would repeal the controversial cap-and-tax program, was also certified by the Secretary of State and referred to the House Environment and Energy Committee. I support this initiative because it would lower gas and energy prices and be a good first step in making life less expensive in our state.

There are other proposals that would reduce your cost of living. In addition to repealing the cap-and-tax program, other options include state sales tax relief, property tax relief, expanding the Working Families Tax Credit, and repealing the long-term care payroll tax. Our state has plenty of tax dollars to pay for its priorities. I’m not suggesting we can do everything noted above, but state lawmakers should be able to provide some meaningful relief to Washingtonians this year.

Staying involved in the legislative process

Your voice matters! Our hard-working staff has created a web page that has helpful information on how you can be part of the debates taking place at our state Capitol.

You can also visit my web page for more information. Here, you will find my SoundCloud page, where I post radio interviews, radio news releases, and a weekly, three-minute radio podcast called Capitol Report. You can also find my YouTube page to watch video updates and speeches I make on legislation on the House floor.

Part of my job as a state representative also includes talking to the media. You can find two interviews I did before the legislative session below.

  • Click here to listen to my legislative preview with Dave Bernstein from Wenatchee’s KPQ Radio.
  • Click here to watch my legislative preview with Jefferson Robbins from NCWLife Channel.

In closing, I will do my best to give you the information you need to stay informed and involved. If you have questions or concerns about state government, or need help navigating our state’s bureaucracy, please contact my office. We are here to serve you and work on your behalf!

Sincerely,

Jacquelin Maycumber

State Representative Jacquelin Maycumber, 7th Legislative District
RepresentativeJacquelinMaycumber.com
425B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
jacquelin.maycumber@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7908 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000