A few days ago, as a state representative for the 17th Legislative District, I was asked to sign a version of the letter addressed to the Coast Guard regarding the Columbia River Crossing design. I turned down the offer due to the draft’s inflammatory assertions that the current design would destroy the local economy. The Republican Caucus never gave me an opportunity to read the letter they actually sent to The Columbian.
We must be aware of the impacts the CRC project has on businesses and workers. I agree with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s position that we must study the economic impacts so we can make informed decisions for Clark County. I will continue to do my own research on this project and remain committed to a fiscally responsible plan that does not overburden our local community.
Rather than engaging in political games, I have found several legislators from the other side of the aisle with whom I am working hard to benefit Washington state. I am pushing several bills that will ensure every student is prepared for the career or college path of their choice, that government operates efficiently, and that our businesses have an improved climate for success.