EXPECT & DEMAND BETTER!
Homeless – Washington (and California) saw country’s largest increase in unsheltered and chronically homeless in last decade while the rest of the country saw a decline
Democrat Action: Voted to allow homeless encampments on school property (2021 budget amendment).
Drug overdose deaths at all-time high
Democrat Action: Introduced bills, and passed them out of policy committees, to legalize possession of hard drugs, including methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and LSD (SB 5476 in 2021).
Violent crime at 25-year high
Democrat Action: Passed bill that will allow over 750 prisoners each year with violent/sex crimes in their history out of prison early. All told, the policy will reduce prison inmates by roughly 3,000 per year, or roughly 20% of the prison’s population. (SB 5121 in 2021)
Jail Standards Task Force – $500,000 spent for task force to look at quality of services for jail inmates, including food quantity and quality, recreational services, and access to electronic media and commissary services, along with investigating data on square footage of living space per jail inmate. (Sec. 957, SSB 5092, 2021 operating budget)
Childcare crisis – Washington families cannot access or afford childcare
Washingtonians pay a lot in taxes – and taxes recently enacted by Democrats will cost median family another $1,000 a year, at minimum
In 2018, Washingtonians had the 12th highest per capita state and local tax burden in the country ($5,960 vs. $5,150 national average). Since then, the tax burden has only risen:
A Washingtonian with a median valued home and median household income will see their tax burden go up $967 a year from just the top two tax increases (local school property tax hike and payroll tax).
Democrat Action: Voted “No” on proposal to exempt homeowners’ first $250,000 from state property tax (SB 5463 in 2021).
Government greed? – State spending has nearly doubled since Gov. Inslee took office, far outpacing average worker wage growth
Democrat Action: In 2021, enacted yet another budget with double digit growth. Rejected proposal that would have grown spending by 6% and instead instituted tax reforms: such as exempting first $250,000 of home value from state property tax; eliminating B&O tax on manufacturing; and dedicating sales tax on motor vehicles to transportation (striking amendment to 2021 operating budget, SSB 5092).
Government elitism and arrogance? – Repeatedly ignore will – and thwart rights of – voters
Government incompetence? Tort liability for bad state conduct has tripled in last decade
One success story: College tuition below 2014-15 levels
In 2014-15, tuition and fees at University of Washington were $12,394. In the 2021-22 school year, tuition and fees are $12,076. A similar story is in place for the other four-year public institutions in our state.
This is a result of the historic tuition reform bill passed by the Legislature in 2015. The legislation reduced tuition for all college students, including a 15% reduction at UW/WSU and 20% at other four-year colleges and universities.
In addition to reducing tuition, the legislation ensured that tuition growth would not outpace wage growth in the state, capping yearly tuition increases to the long-term average wage growth in the state. This has translated to roughly a 2% yearly tuition increase each year, as opposed to the decade prior to the legislation where tuition routinely grew by several times that amount.