Yakima Area Legislators Address Chamber
The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce’s August Luncheon featured legislators from the Yakima area talking about the 2018 Session and the upcoming 2019 Session.
In their opening comments, these are the items that stood out:
Senator Jim Honeyford – He focused on how water in Yakima county is over appropriated. He has been and is working on a big water bill that, over the course of the next 15 years, will put $15 billion into projects for lower water areas, culverts, and more.
Senator Curtis King – He commented that though there are differences amongst legislators, most that serve in Olympia want to find common ground on most issues.
Representative Bruce Chandler – He offered thoughts about ideology, specifically how he sees both caucuses going through an ideological transition and how this is making things a little more challenging in Olympia.
Representative Gina Mossbrucker – She shared that there is a divide between the East and West side of the state and a divide between Democrats and Republicans; yet at the same time, the divide is not as large as the media makes it out to be and most of the things she works on are bipartisan in nature.
Legislators were then asked what the Top 2 Challenges would be over the next 5 years. A variety of answers were shared, but a few that stood out and were agreeable to all are:
- Properly managing the public’s money
- Health care system
On the Question of whether they believe a Carbon Tax will pass by initiative in 2018? None of the four are in favor of the initiative and offered these comments:
- Senator King – He mentioned it is an immediate 10 cents per gallon gas tax and will eventually hit 40 cents per gallon.
- Representative Mossbrucker – It is a poorly written initiative and there are better ways to address the issue.
- Representative Chandler – Everything will be adversely affected.
- Senator Honeyford – Hi is concerned that people generally read the titles and not the details.