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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It’s great to be back in the 9th District after spending two months in a very intense legislative session in Olympia. The session ended March 7, but I am still working for you. Since returning home, I have traveled throughout the district, meeting with people and discussing the 2024 session. I recently completed a media tour in which my seatmate, Rep. Joe Schmick, and I met with reporters in Lewiston, Pullman, Cheney, Dayton, Connell and the Tri-Cities and discussed the major issues of the session, both good and bad, that will impact our local communities.

In this email update, you’ll learn about a town hall meeting this evening in Medical Lake and a federal judge’s decision to redraw legislative district maps that become effective after the November election. I will also share our 9th Session Review Report which has been recently mailed out, and you can read a copy of that here, and the election-year freeze which limits my ability to proactively communicate with you.

Town hall meeting in Medical Lake

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and I are hosting a joint town hall meeting with 6th District Reps. Jenny Graham and Mike Volz, both R-Spokane, this evening (April 23) in Medical Lake. We will discuss efforts to help victims of last year’s wildfires, as well as other issues from the 2024 session. Please join us for this important joint town hall meeting!

Medical Lake
6:30 P.M. ā€“ 7:30 p.m.
Medical Lake City Hall
124 S Lefevre St.

I hope to see you there!

Franklin County removed from 9th District in new court-ordered maps

After the Washington State Redistricting Commission drew up new legislative boundaries in November 2021, a lawsuit was filed contending the final map, specifically the 15th District, violated the federal Voting Rights Act. The 15th District is comprised mainly of the Lower Yakima Valley on the north side of Interstate 82. Plaintiffs argued the map impaired the ability of Latino voters to participate equally in elections. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik recently agreed and approved new boundaries, which affect several districts, including the 9th District.

Under the new boundaries, Franklin County, currently in the 9th District, is placed within the 16th District. The 9th District border is extended west in Adams County to Othello. Most of the remaining 9th District boundaries remain the same. See the maps above. The new boundaries will be in effect for the November election.

Read more about these changes: U.S. Supreme Court won’t block Washington’s new legislative district map – Washington State Standard, April 2.

Holding the line against tax increases this year, but Washington remains unaffordable

Since 2014, state tax collections have more than doubled, ballooning to $36.4 billion in 2023. This is the result of Democrats passing nearly 50 new taxes and fees that have hurt middle-class families and made Washington one of the most unaffordable states in which to live. Washingtonians are now paying some of the highest prices for housing, groceries and gasoline.

Democrats continue passing laws to make your life more expensive, such as House Bill 1589 which clears the way for Puget Sound Energy to “decarbonize” without hurting their stockholders at the expense of their ratepayers. Under this bill, customers will be forced to convert from natural gas to electric service (at a cost of as much as $75,000 per household).

In its first year, the Climate Commitment Act (cap-and-trade program) carbon auctions took more than $2 billion out of our free-market economy and funded 280 new positions at both the Department of Ecology and the Department of Commerce. It provides no accountability for how much carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by each employee or by the grant programs to distribute the money. And yet, this is another state government program in Washington that has made life more expensive for our citizens. That’s $2 billion out of the pockets of working and productive Washingtonians.

By contrast, my House Republican colleagues and I are working to make your life more affordable.

Along with Rep. April Connors, R-Kennewick, I co-sponsored House Bill 2040, also known as the Carbon Auction Rebate Program. This bill would have provided a $200 gasoline rebate to Washington drivers funded by surplus revenue from the carbon tax to help offset high gas prices caused by the Climate Commitment Act. Unfortunately, the majority party would not even allow a hearing on this measure.

Republicans in both the House and Senate also killed a measure that would have increased property taxes. Senate Bill 5770 would have raised the 20-year-old 1% cap on the growth of state and local property taxes to 3%, which would have allowed for huge property tax increases.

We were able to prevent these and other major tax increases during the 2024 session. However, as the state enjoys record revenue increases, the average Washington citizen continues to struggle with inflation. The Legislature should have provided some tax relief to our citizens. Unfortunately, the majority party was not interested in returning any money to the hard-working taxpayers of our state, as demonstrated in the rejection of House Bill 2040.

Every dime the state collects has first been earned by the sweat and hard work of each of our citizens. It’s time the Legislature recognizes that. It’s why I will continue to stand strong for the taxpayers of our state — not the tax spenders!

If you haven’t received it already, our 9th District 2024 Session Review should be arriving in your mailbox very soon. However, you don’t have to wait for the printed version. You can also read it online here. I invite you to click on the link to read the full report of the 2024 session.

Election-year restrictions prohibit pro-active legislative communications until November

Due to election-year restrictions that begin on Monday, May 6, this will be my last email update to you until after the November election results are certified. In fact, all of my legislative communications will be limited or restricted over the next six months in compliance with state ethics laws. The exception would be if a special session is called.

However, I am still your full-time state representative and can respond to constituents who contact me throughout the year. I invite you to email, call, or send me a letter anytime. As always, I will respond as quickly as possible. Iā€™m also not restricted from having in-person meetings with you, so please contact me as you normally would. You will find my contact information below.

Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve and represent you!

Sincerely,


Mary Dye

State Representative Mary Dye, 9th Legislative District
RepresentativeMaryDye.com
432 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
mary.dye@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7942 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000