THE JOHN LEY PLATFORM
Sometimes politicians stay too long! They forget about promises made on the campaign trail and ignore the will of the people. Hardworking families suffer because of their tax and spend voting record.
It’s time for positive change in Southwest Washington. As a proven conservative leader, I’ll deliver on my promises! As your Senator, I’ll fight for new bridge corridors to relieve traffic congestion and improve freight mobility, instead of supporting the failed Columbia River Crossing boondoggle. Instead of voting for the biggest gas tax in Washington history, I’ll stretch scarce transportation dollars to benefit everyone. I’ll continue to fight against Oregon’s outrageous tolling scheme to pick your pockets.
I’ll fight for comprehensive tax relief instead of supporting the largest property tax increase in state history. Citizens deserve a world-class education system. The quality of our children’s education has languished, providing minimal value for increased spending. I’ll work to fix this!
In this pandemic-damaged economy, it’s more important than ever to elect leaders who will keep their promises! I’ll foster a better business climate for job creators to get our state working again. We need tax cuts, not tax increases! Protect your wallet, vote for John Ley; he’s the key!
LIST OF ISSUES
The Failed McCleary Solution
For 3 decades the legislature increased non-education spending at twice the rate of K-12 education spending. (1981-2013). A simple solution would have been to reverse that spending, shifting more to schools and less to other government bureaucracies.
State spending on K-12 education has doubled since the Jan. 2012 McCleary decision. The state Supreme Court ruled the state didn’t pay their fair share, forcing local homeowners to pay too much. Ann Rivers was one of four legislators to craft the final McCleary “solution”. Citizens were promised “long term tax relief” in property taxes. “Rivers highlighted a 30 percent rebate in property taxes in 2019 that was ultimately approved” one news report highlighted. (here).
The promised reduction never happened. The Rivers “solution” failed. Local homeowners never got their promised property tax cut. Citizens are paying even more property taxes than ever. Rivers admitted the failure at a January 2020 townhall at the Port of Camas Washougal. She told citizens “the most seniors who lost their homes were in Camas”, due to the high property taxes. She failed senior citizens on fixed incomes the most.
High property taxes are causing people to lose their homes. "The highest number of people losing their homes is in Camas" Ann Rivers told voters at a January 2020 town hall. Yet she created the final "solution" to the McCleary education funding. She promised your local property taxes would go down. Yet people are losing their homes.
Nobody should be losing their homes due to horrible, failed "solutions" by your legislature.
Rivers voted to raise Washington’s gas tax to nearly the highest in the nation. She told citizens at multiple town halls: “it’s the hardest decision I’ve had to make”. She explained it was better to get something in return for paying increased gas taxes, rather than get nothing.
She delivered state money for several 18th LD communities, including $25 million to replace the Camas Slough Bridge. But later Rivers moved the $25 million to a Vancouver project. None of the 17th LD legislators voted “for” the gas tax increase.
Today, the City of Camas is seeking $35 million to replace the Camas Slough Bridge – a 40% increase. Will we have to pay a second time (via another gas tax increase) to replace the Camas Slough Bridge and improve safety on this section of SR-14?
Resurrecting the CRC and Tolling
Bridges and Oregon’s outrageous tolling scheme are at the top of citizens transportation concerns. Over 70,000 SW WA citizens commute to work in Oregon. The metro region has the nation’s eighth worst traffic congestion. It’s been over 40 years since a new transportation corridor and bridge were built.
Yet Rivers is pushing an extremely expensive replacement of the still “safe” (WSDOT & ODOT) Interstate Bridge that will do nothing to improve traffic congestion. Ann Rivers sits on the “Bi-State Bridge Committee” where she remains mostly silent. Billions of dollars for a one or two minute improvement in the morning commute is unacceptable. We need new lanes, new vehicle capacity, and new transportation corridors, as identified in the 2008 RTC “Visioning Study”. As one citizen told representatives: “we need lanes, not trains”.
John Ley has been fighting Oregon’s outrageous tolling scheme since before it was enacted. They want to pick the pockets of SW Washington citizens “at the border”. Oregon wants us to pay for their mass transit and transportation infrastructure. Portland plans to use our money to create real estate over the top of I-5 at the Rose Quarter. They refuse to fix the real problem by adding new through lanes to I-5 at the Rose Quarter.
Oregon refuses to discuss new transportation corridors, which is what the people of need and want. Pemco highlighted the fact that 94 percent of people prefer to use their cars, and want traffic congestion fixed. Tolling will only cause traffic to divert on to already over-crowded side roads.
We need cost effective solutions that actually reduce traffic congestion. We need a leader willing to stand up to Oregon and their desire to pick the pockets of SW Washington citizens. We need John Ley.