Washington state’s legislative session to start Monday
Washington state legislative leaders largely seemed to agree with Democratic Governor Jay Inslee that homelessness and severe housing shortages are top priorities for the session. Legislative meeting begins Monday in Olympia.
Leaders from both sides in an annual meeting with reporters on Thursday said they were concerned about housing shortages as well as workforce shortages affecting all sectors of the country. Washingtonians’ lives from childcare to education to health care.
Democratic House Speaker Laurie Jinkins said she thinks Washington residents have been vocal in bringing Democratic-led majority groups back to the Legislature to focus on the housing and status areas. homelessness, along with behavioral health, community safety and abortion rights protection.
House Republican Leader JT Wilcox of Yelm said it appeared Republicans and Democrats were ready in this session to discuss housing issues specifically.
Representative Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, is “working with Democrats to find as much common ground as we can to ensure that we address all the barriers that make it difficult to add.” into our housing stock,” Wilcox said.