“Republicans will continue to offer real solutions that provide Washingtonians with real opportunities. I assure you: Republicans see what you see. Our frustrations are your frustrations. But there is hope. Republicans offer a home for anyone, because we stand for the principles that matter to everyone — freedom, equality, and opportunity. Republicans will not stop fighting for these principles and what we know is right.”

— Rep. Drew Stokesbary

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s inaugural address on January 13, 2021. Both video and written versions of Stokesbary’s speech are made available here.

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.

While the Capitol Campus facilities are closed to the general public and most legislative staff during the 2021 legislative session, there are several ways for you to be involved in the…

During the 2021 legislative session, 35 bills prime sponsored by Washington House Republicans were passed by the Legislature and sent to the governor’s desk to be signed. You can learn more…

House Republican Priorities

Providing tax relief and making life more affordable for all Washingtonians

While the majority party continues passing tax increases and punitive policies that make daily life more expensive, House Republicans are advocating for tax relief and policies to help alleviate financial burdens for struggling families, students, small business owners, and the most vulnerable. We also continue standing in opposition to a state income tax, which would hurt Washington families and eliminate one of our state’s biggest competitive advantages.

Returns $2 billion back to taxpayers through a reduction and rebasing of the state levy from overcollections from 2018-2022, occurring because property values have risen much faster than anticipated when legislation was passed in 2017. If House Bill 1898 is not adopted, an additional $3 billion in overcollection will occur between 2023-2027.

Repeals the payroll tax and wholly inadequate and insolvent benefit from the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Trust Act. Learn more about the program and payroll tax here.

Repeals the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Trust Act and associated payroll tax, replacing it with a privately-managed program that leverages the state’s existing revenue to make long-term care coverage both affordable and optional.

Expands and enhances the Working Families Tax Credit by expanding income eligibility, doubling the base payment, and increasing the minimum benefit for working families with children.

Lowers Washington’s main business tax rate for manufacturing and trucking by 40% and extends and expands an existing tax preference for food processing.

Featuring House Republican Reps. Mary Dye, Jim Walsh, Joe Schmick, Tom Dent, Ed Orcutt, Peter Abbarno, Chris Corry and Matt Boehnke. House Republicans believe the Democrats’ cap-and-tax scheme is regressive, unfair…

Featuring House Republican Reps. Jeremie Dufault, Chris Corry, Andrew Barkis, Peter Abbarno, Michelle Caldier, Jacquelin Maycumber, Drew MacEwen, Gina Mosbrucker, Kelly Chambers, Drew Stokesbary, Vicki Kraft and Jim Walsh. House Republicans…

Featuring House Republican Reps. Drew Stokesbary, Mary Dye, Jim Walsh, Ed Orcutt, Tom Dent, Andrew Barkis, and Jacquelin Maycumber. House Bill 1091 would authorize the Department of Ecology to create a…

During a December 18 press conference, House Republican budget lead Drew Stokesbary answers a question about why Gov. Inslee’s tax proposals are wrong for Washington state.

Despite record state tax collections the last two legislative sessions, majority Democrats in the Legislature still chose to increase taxes on individuals, families and businesses in our state. By how much?…

Washington state drivers regularly pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, thanks in part to a 49.4 cent state gas tax that ranks 8th-highest nationwide. But if you…

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.

Representative Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, the Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced a comprehensive $4 billion economic recovery package. The REAL Recovery for Washington Act (House Bill 1334) would…

Strengthening communities by making public safety a priority and supporting effective community policing

Washington communities continue to face the challenges of chronic homelessness, addiction, crime, and untreated mental health needs. Unfortunately, the majority’s ineffective and destructive policies have made these problems worse and left our law enforcement professionals without needed support. If communities are going to thrive, we must develop real solutions that effectively address the root causes of these problems. We must also address our police officer recruitment and retention crisis and provide more funding to police departments around the state. Washington can no longer rank last in the nation in terms of the number of police officers per thousand people. With a focus on compassion and accountability, we will continue working to keep our streets, neighborhoods, and families safe while respecting those who serve and protect our communities.

A suite of bills that would: prioritize public safety, support law enforcement and prevent crime; put victims and public safety first; prevent property crimes; address State v. Blake; and fix the Department of Corrections.

Rolls back a number of harmful provisions passed in last year’s “police reform” bills, restoring tactics and tools to help police bring criminals to justice and help keep communities safe.

Eliminates the disastrous probable cause requirement for vehicular chases of criminal suspects, allowing peace officers to engage in a vehicular pursuit, when there is reasonable suspicion a person in the vehicle has committed or is committing a criminal offense.

Provides funding for signing bonuses, retention bonuses, body cameras for local agencies, and additional Criminal Justice Training Commission classes to get officers trained and ready more quickly.

In Washington, it is not against the law to hide stolen retail goods under one’s clothing. This bill amends the definition of theft to include the concealment of the property of another when the intent is to deprive the other person of its use or benefit.

Requires that catalytic converters be added to the list of items for which sales records must be kept by scrap metal dealers, prohibits the sale of catalytic converters by anyone other than a commercial enterprise or the private owner of the vehicle, and increases the seriousness of repeated offenses.

House and Senate Republicans unveil a package of legislation that will increase public safety, reduce crime, and put victims and community safety first.

During floor action on Friday, April 16, Rep. Drew MacEwen made a motion to place House Concurrent Resolution 4402 on the Second Reading Calendar. The new resolution would have waived previously…

Featuring House Republican Reps. Brad Klippert, Jacquelin Maycumber, Jim Walsh, Jenny Graham, and Gina Mosbrucker. House Bill 1054 would prohibit the use of chokeholds and neck restraints, police dogs to arrest…

In the 2021 legislative session, majority party Democrats passed several police-reform bills. Some of these measures disarmed the police and took away important tools used by law enforcement to de-escalate situations…

On March 23, House Republicans introduced a comprehensive package of legislation to address the Washington Supreme Court’s Blake ruling that struck down the state’s felony drug possession law. Details on the…

Holding state government accountable, improving outcomes, and enacting emergency powers reform

The governor and his appointees have overseen a growing number of failures, including:

  • A homelessness crisis that has only gotten worse.
  • A child care affordability and accessibility crisis.
  • A bottom 10 ranking in housing affordability.
  • Drug overdose deaths at an all-time high.
  • Violent crime at a 25-year high.
  • The fewest number of police officers per thousand people.
  • Heartbreaking outcomes for children in our foster care system.
  • Crippling data breaches.
  • 2.7 million acres of unhealthy forests, which can contribute to catastrophic wildfires.
  • Significant cost overruns for transportation projects.
  • The early release of prisoners.
  • The decertification of Western State Hospital, which led to a loss of federal funding.
  • The Employment Security Department’s inability to prevent massive fraud and deliver timely unemployment benefits.

Many of these failures have had devastating consequences for Washingtonians and their families. We will continue holding the governor and his state agencies accountable for them, working to restore the public’s trust by increasing oversight and implementing reforms that improve outcomes.

We are also focused on emergency powers reform. The power to create laws belongs to the Legislature and the people. To grapple with time-sensitive emergency situations, the Legislature has granted a portion of its lawmaking power to the governor. Riots, enemy attack, weather disasters, and the like require a rapid response, but the lawmaking authority granted to the governor must have limits. The people of Washington state should not be ruled by proclamations and unilateral orders for months or years on end. Meaningful participation in the legislative process is critical to the success of our state. We must remove any barriers for the single mother, the farmworker, the small business owner, and all Washingtonians to have a voice in the decisions made in the Legislature. To do that, we must restore the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.

Modeled after a variety of emergency powers statues utilized in almost every state in the nation, this bill increases legislative involvement during states of emergency, allowing for legislative oversight on states of emergency that last longer than 60 days.

Provides $200 million per year to cities to combat homelessness, provided they ban injection sites and clean up encampments near schools and parks.

Requires every new state spending program that meets certain criteria to include an expiration date, performance statement, and data requirements to measure the effectiveness of the program.

Requires agencies to regularly “zero-base” their budgets to better prioritize spending, and then submit that analysis to the governor and Legislature. This bill would help constrain the growth of government and improve outcomes.

A suite of bills to make Washington’s transportation system safer and function better for travelers. Instead of raising taxes, these bills reprioritize our current budget surplus to pay for transportation projects.

During floor action on Friday, April 16, Rep. Drew MacEwen made a motion to place House Concurrent Resolution 4402 on the Second Reading Calendar. The new resolution would have waived previously…

Featuring House Republican Reps. Drew Stokesbary, Chris Corry, Drew MacEwen, Kelly Chambers and Cyndy Jacobsen. House Republicans believe this operating budget proposal is unsustainable, violates the spirit of the Budget Stabilization…

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit our state in March of 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee began a process of ruling by decree through emergency powers. While some might argue this was…

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox and Senate Republican Leader John Braun have sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig regarding the…

We have talented and dedicated state employees who deliver important services and programs to Washingtonians every day. However, with the last 33 years of Democratic control of the governor’s mansion, we…

Editorial boards across the state have been critical of the majority party’s policies, proposals and processes in governing the state of Washington.

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.

A declining share of Washingtonians are achieving the American Dream of homeownership – At the end of 2005, 69% of Washingtonians lived in owner-occupied housing. At the end of 2020, that figure…

Parents matter. We want to empower them by providing transparency and the necessary financial and educational flexibility to help their children succeed in school and in life.

We believe transparency is crucial to ensuring trust in our K-12 education system. Parents deserve a say in their children’s education and have a right to know what is being taught in the classroom. They also deserve the financial and educational flexibility necessary for school choice to become a reality.

Requires regular and special meetings of school boards to be recorded and must include the comments of the board and members of the public if testimony was taken at the meeting. Recordings must be provided to the public upon request.

Establishes an educational scholarship program of $10,000 for 100,000 homeschooled and private school students to cover costs associated with alternative education such as books and learning materials, transportation, and tuition fees.

Establishes a homeschool and private school voucher program of $7,000 for 130,000 students to cover costs associated with alternative education. One quarter of these scholarships would be awarded to students within special populations, such as students experiencing homelessness.

Increasing transparency in the classroom

Requires teachers to make syllabi and primary materials available on the school district’s website to promote transparency in our public school system.

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.