Attacks on religion, freedom of speech, due process and the 2nd Amendment are at an all-time high, while the State government ignores lawlessness in our major cities, invades our privacy and interferes in parenting. This is unacceptable. The government is accountable to and serves the people as directed by our Constitution—not the other way around.
Principle-based Leadership. I will not sign any bill into law that does not pass three specific key tests:
- Is it Constitutional? Does the bill on my desk violate the United States Constitution or the Washington State Constitution? If it infringes on our basic rights, I won’t sign it.
- Will it demonstrably benefit the citizens of Washington? If a bill has no clear outcomes that benefit the citizens of Washington, I won’t sign it.
- Can we afford it? If a bill comes across my desk that requires the state to raise taxes and fees to pay for it, I won’t sign it.
Public Accountability. Use town halls, events, and other public meetings to promote citizen involvement and awareness, and give the voice back to the citizens
Courage. I will encourage our legislators, local leadership, and elected law-enforcement officers to challenge every initiative, bill, or law which clearly infringes on Federal or State Constitutional rights.