FIX WASHINGTON.

Fix the housing & homelessness crisis

Years of irrational land use policy and costly building regulations passed by Democrats has led to a housing availability and affordability crisis.

Democrat failures

House Republicans have introduced bills to make it easier to build, create a new tax credit to incentivize landlords to lower or freeze rents, and help local governments address homeless encampments.

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Fix the public safety crisis

Democrats in the Legislature have made communities less safe by empowering criminals and limiting law enforcement’s ability to respond to crimes.

Democrat failures

House Republicans are fighting for common-sense solutions to prevent crime, hold criminals accountable, support law enforcement, help people break the cycle of drug addiction, and make communities safer.

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Fix the affordability crisis

Democrats in the Legislature have made life more expensive through new taxes, fees, regulations, and a failure to provide meaningful tax relief.

Democrat failures

House Republicans are calling for tax relief and supporting other legislation to help reduce people’s cost of living and provide financial security for struggling individuals, families, and small businesses.

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Republican solutions

Fix the affordability crisis

Democrats in the Legislature have made life more expensive through new taxes, fees, regulations, and a failure to provide meaningful tax relief.

Democrat failures

House Republicans are calling for tax relief and supporting other legislation to help reduce people’s cost of living and provide financial security for struggling individuals, families, and small businesses.

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Fix the drug crisis

The Democrats’ response to the State Supreme Court’s Blake decision in 2021 had disastrous consequences. Washington is now an epicenter for the fentanyl crisis.

Democrat failures

House Republicans helped craft reforms to our state’s drug possession laws in the 2023 special session, with a focus on accountability and compassion. More work needs to be done to help people break free from addiction.

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Republican solutions

Fix the drug crisis

The Democrats’ response to the State Supreme Court’s Blake decision in 2021 had disastrous consequences. Washington is now an epicenter for the fentanyl crisis.

Democrat failures

House Republicans helped craft reforms to our state’s drug possession laws in the 2023 special session, with a focus on accountability and compassion. More work needs to be done to help people break free from addiction.

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Fix the education crisis

Gov. Inslee’s decision to shut down in-class instruction during the pandemic led to learning loss and a drop in test scores for many students in our schools.

Democrat failures

House Republicans believe high-dosage tutoring in math and reading is the most effective way to help students who are suffering from learning loss, including more tutors and paraeducators in classrooms.

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Fix the child care crisis

After a decade of excessive regulations passed by the Democrats, Washington’s child care system is broken — resulting in child care deserts across our state.

Democrat failures

House Republicans want to make it easier to site child care centers, relax requirements for providers in child care deserts, and provide a B&O tax credit to employers that provide child care assistance to employees.

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Democrats have made life more expensive

High taxes and burdensome regulations have driven up costs for working families in Washington. Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee passed several new tax increases from 2019 to 2022, including a long-term care payroll tax, a carbon tax, a capital gains income tax, and new transportation fees and taxes. When our state had a historic $15 billion budget surplus in 2022, they failed to provide meaningful tax relief to Washingtonians – despite a House Republican alternative that showed how it could be done. 

Housing and transportation cost 30% more in Washington compared to the national average. Our state has the fourth highest combined sales tax rate in the country, which disproportionately hurts low-income families. Due to the Democrats’ regressive carbon tax, Washington drivers now pay the third highest gas prices in the nation.

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Democrats have made communities less safe

Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee have passed bills that favor criminals and limit law enforcement’s ability to help keep communities safe. These policies, including limiting police vehicular pursuits, reducing penalties for offenders, and making it more difficult to retain and recruit police officers, have had disastrous consequences for community safety.

Over the past five years, criminal activity has exploded. Washington ranks #1 for retail theft, #2 for property crime and #3 for auto theft. According to this KOMO TV story, Seattle hit a record number of homicides in 2023. At the same time, Washington ranks 51st out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for the number of police officers per thousand residents. Crime statistics for Washington can be found here.

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Democrats have allowed drug use to go unchecked

The Democrats’ response to the controversial State Supreme Court’s Blake decision in 2021 failed. Washington is at the epicenter of a drug crisis. The amount of fentanyl seized by the DEA in our state has increased 1,670% since 2019. Opioid deaths have more than doubled since 2019.

Washington also experienced the largest increase in drug overdose deaths of any state this past year. According to this FOX 13 story, fentanyl-related overdose deaths hit an all-time high in King County in 2023. Learn more by visiting the Department of Health’s Opioid and Drug Use Data Dashboard.

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Democrat policies have failed on homelessness and housing

Years of irrational land use policy and costly building regulations passed by Democrats has led to a housing availability and affordability crisis. Washington has the fewest number of housing units per household. As a result, 88% of families can no longer afford a median priced home and 46% of all renters are cost burdened paying more than 30% of their income toward rent. 

Washington also has the fourth largest homeless population in the country. According to this KIRO TV story, there are more than 28,000 people experiencing homelessness in Washington – a 11% jump from 2022. The problem is getting worse, despite increased funding for programs and services.

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Democrat leadership has produced a steep slide in learning

Over the past decade, K-12 education spending has grown exponentially while academic performance has plummeted. Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to shut down in-class instruction during the pandemic led to learning loss and a drop in test scores for many students.

Nearly 60% of students are failing math and 50% are failing reading. Public schools have lost over 60,000 students suggesting that families are not satisfied with the education they are receiving. K-12 education facts can be found here.

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Democrat regulations have driven up the cost of child care

After a decade of excessive regulations passed by the Democrats, Washington’s child care system is broken — resulting in child care deserts across our state. Nearly 63% of children under five don’t have access to nearby child care which reduces the state workforce by around 133,000.

Many families that are able to find child care cannot afford it. Our state has the 9th most expensive infant care in the nation and the average family spends over 35% of their income to send two children to child care.