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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The majority party has scheduled public hearings on three of the six voter-backed initiatives this week:

Despite our state constitution’s mandate to prioritize initiatives, the majority party has not scheduled any public hearings for three of them.

  • Initiative 2124 would allow people to opt out of the new state-run, long-term-care program.
  • Initiative 2117 which would repeal the Climate Commitment Act, the state’s new carbon tax program.
  • Initiative 2109 would repeal the state’s new capital gains tax.  

You can still take my initiative survey by clicking here. I want to hear what you think the Legislature should do.

Pro-initiative legislative rally – Jan. 31, 2024

A disappointing supplemental operating budget

The state collected an extra $3.3 billion over a 4-year outlook, and yet the House Democrats’ 2024 supplemental operating budget, once again, contains no meaningful broad-based financial relief for working families.

The budget also fails to provide adequate resources toward the fentanyl crisis. In our community, a four-year-old girl, under the supervision of two drug-addicted parents, died from a fentanyl overdose. These tragedies happen far too often, and the state is failing to protect the lives of these innocent children. The Legislature had an opportunity to step up this year and make meaningful change. Sadly, that change isn’t coming and more children will be victimized.  

My bill to help build affordable housing on public lands is moving through the Senate

Today, my legislation to help build more housing passed the Senate Committee on Ways and Means Committee.

House Bill 2003 would provide a new tax exemption to encourage the construction of affordable housing units on public lands. It passed the House with near-unanimous support and I am working with my colleagues in the Senate to see it pass the finish line before we adjourn.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns more than 7,000 acres of “transition land” that it can’t use for timber harvests because of its close proximity to existing development. It can also be challenging for the state to sell or use the land.

My proposal aims to encourage lessees of these public lands to build affordable housing units. It would exempt these affordable housing projects from the state’s 12.84% leasehold excise tax when they commit to renting or leasing the housing units to low and moderate income households.

The exemption lasts the length of the lease if a lessee commits to maintaining affordable housing for low and moderate income families and leases the land for at least 20 years.

Washington has the fewest housing units per household in the nation and nearly half of renters spend a third of their income on rent. This bill would help solve a real problem for DNR and make housing more accessible and affordable for everyday Washington families. 

Contacting me

Please contact me with your questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions. Working together, we can make a meaningful difference here in the Mighty 8th and for our entire state.

It is an honor to serve you!

Sincerely,


April Connors

State Representative April Connors, 8th Legislative District
representativeaprilconnors.com
434 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
april.connors@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7882 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000