Consecutive years of state budget shortfalls have highlighted the need to make some fundamental reforms to our budgeting process. It is clear that we cannot continue to place a financial burden low and middle class families and that we need to take a tough look at every department to make sure they are accountable and efficient with taxpayer dollars.
While in the legislature I worked to pass bi-partisan proposals to increase budget efficiency and accountability, such as the Priorities of Government and zero-based budgeting strategies. We need to take a tough look at the numerous corporate tax loopholes to see if they are still warranted and sunset those that are no longer serving their purpose. No brainers like the tax break for out of state banks need to end. Our priority needs to be our local Main St. not Wall St.
In my time in the Legislature I worked with colleagues to:
Reinstate Initiative I-747, the 1% cap on property taxes, after the courts ruled the measure unconstitutional.
Expand property-tax deferrals to help more Washington families including the low-income senior-citizen property-tax exemption, property-tax relief for disabled veterans.
Boosted the "head of family" Personal Property Tax Exemption from $3,000 to $15,000 to better help small business.
I believe that we can work together and come to some common sense reforms to make our government more efficient and fair.