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PLEASE NOTE: This page includes archived information for Jaime Herrera-Beutler, who served as a state representative for the 18th Legislative District from Nov. 2007 to Dec. 2010. She has since been elected to Congress, serving the 3rd Congressional District. You may access her current Web site at:



The 2010 sessions are over, and I was proud to serve you in the Legislature again this year. I appreciate all the feedback and input you have provided me on the issues of importance to you.


I left Olympia deeply troubled by the direction our state is headed. Folks in Southwest Washington are still facing one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. From Camas to Castle Rock, businesses continue to shut their doors and families struggle to make ends meet.


Unfortunately, the Democratic majority was unable to finish its business during the 60-day session and a 30-day special session was called, the outstanding questions being which taxes to raise and how high. The special session alone cost taxpayers more than $200,000.


After disregarding the will of the people by overturning the Taxpayer Protection Act (I-960), legislative Democrats passed the largest tax increase in state history. At a time when people are out of work and desperate for jobs, Olympia decided to ask them for more of what they don’t have: money.


Despite the bad news, we can still fix our state's financial mess and get people back to work. The formula for creating jobs is simple, but for politicians addicted to spending, it isn't easy. By forcing government to live within its means, we would allow struggling businesses to keep more of their money so they can thrive and begin hiring people.


As your Representative, I’ve consistently fought against wasteful government spending, I’ve promoted common sense health care solutions, and I have worked to create an atmosphere where businesses and families can grow and prosper.  We the people will restore jobs to our region and be the driver for economic recovery.  I’ll continue to fight to make sure government doesn’t get in our way.