Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week has been a busy one with celebrations around the state Capitol commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Children's Day, as well as the annual March for Life Rally. What a blessing to live in a state and country where we can aspire to be great, express our opinions and peacefully gather with like-minded citizens to show support for those beliefs we hold dear without the threat of persecution or retribution. While we can always find things to divide us, my belief has always been to focus on the things that unite us and bring us together.
Home sales are up 21%. Combine this with today's news that Washington state unemployment numbers fell to 6.6% in December (compared to 6.8% in November), the lowest it's been in five years, and things might just be starting to look up. We need to keep this momentum going at the national, state and local level. Things are precarious, but I'm hopeful the upswing will continue.
House Bills 2135 and 2136 deal with service contracts and protection guarantees. The goal is to free up some of these employers from burdensome paperwork and to open the markets just a bit by expanding the scope of “products” under service contracts. Both of these bills received public hearings and were recently voted out of the House Business and Financial Services Committee where I serve as the ranking Republican.
Some of you may know that Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke's mother has been ill. As a result, he spends more time taking care of his mom. Please join me in wishing her well and keeping them both in our thoughts and prayers.
And congratulations to the Seahawks for reaching the Super Bowl! This athletic success will bring additional attention to our state.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Legislative Brief and for placing your trust in me to be your voice in Olympia. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you.
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