Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In our current economic climate, consumer confidence is at a critical point, but what we see on the federal level are tax increases that will lower take home pay this year by about 2 percent. This means a household earning $50,000 a year will have about $1,000 less to spend. As I said in my Republican response to Gov. Inslee's inaugural address, taxpayers are already sending Olympia 1.5 billion more dollars than last year, they cannot afford to send us anymore.
I also recently read a CNBC article that said the National GDP dropped 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, far below the 1.1% gain that was forecasted. We owe it to our local small business employers who create jobs for the middle class to speak out because I believe voters have made it clear that they want the legislature to reach a 2/3rds majority when voting on tax increases.
This week in Olympia
This week I have been participating in various National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) activities, speaking with other employers to discuss what I, as your state Representative, can do to improve the small business climate in our state and empower the middle class.
Business and Financial Services Committee
This year I am the ranking minority member on the Business and Financial Service Committee which considers the licensing and regulation of businesses and professions. In this leadership position I will work hard to make sure bills that would help businesses create jobs will be given consideration. It's an honor to represent you as I work to improve the regulatory climate for job creators in our state.
Please stay in touch if there is anything I can do to help.
421 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7922 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000