FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver, WA – When congressional candidate Carolyn Long was asked about Oregon’s plan to toll I-5 and I-205 at the state line, she said that the tolling advisory committee could be trusted to protect Southwest Washington commuters.
The flaw in Long’s strategy: June 26, The Reflector: Committee votes for tolling on I-5, I-205
During the September 18 CVTV debate between Long and Jaime, Long stated:
“I do think that the policy committee is responsible for stopping it [Oregon’s plan to toll]. The bill that my opponent speaks of would put the decision to toll – it would have to be an agreement between the two governors, and it’s absolutely unnecessary because it makes it more of a partisan issue. This is something that should be handled by our transportation committees because they’re the professionals, and they’re the ones who I think are better suited to making a non-political decision.”
- Long has no plan to take action if elected to stand up to unfair tolls.
- She believes Jaime’s legislative efforts on tolling are “absolutely unnecessary.” Instead, she trusts an advisory panel of three Washingtonians and 22 Oregonians to look out for our interests; a panel that already green-lighted Oregon’s max-tolling plan.
- She doesn’t think it’s appropriate for elected officials to weigh in here, but rather transportation bureaucrats. Did she notice WSDOT’s bureaucrat assigned to represent Washington was just hired by Oregon? Talk about a passionate conviction to stand up against Oregon’s unfair tolls.
“If Carolyn Long is elected, Southwest Washington commuters might as well send Oregon their credit card numbers now and save the hassle. Long has shown she can’t be trusted to stand up for us when it comes to unfair tolls,” said Jaime for Congress campaign manager Parker Truax. “Whether she’s simply naïve or isn’t forthcoming about her actual stance on Oregon’s ‘congestion pricing’ plans, Carolyn Long would leave Washington commuters’ fate up to bureaucrats and officials who support tolls throughout the I-5 and I-205 corridors. Clark and Cowlitz County residents deserve a representative like Jaime who will fight to make sure they aren’t treated like unwilling piggy banks.”
Walking through the halls of Daybreak Youth Services on Wednesday, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s presence was immediately noted.
Several teen girls looked on in awe of the small group getting a behind-the-scenes look at the adolescent recovery center, remarking how exciting visitors armed with cameras, notepads and blazers were.
Herrera Beutler took the impromptu opportunity to ask one of the female patients what she thinks of the Daybreak center.
The girl’s answer: She likes how much free time they have.
The Southwest Washington congresswoman from Battle Ground was on-site at the RWC Center for Adolescent Recovery to get a feel for how the center works, and possibly use that experience to advocate for additional substance abuse and mental health treatment funding in the future.
Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler was in Longview Tuesday to assess the early effects of the new tax law signed by President Donald Trump in December.
The fourth-term Republican visited Northwest Motor Services in Longview, a local business that has flourished under the leadership of President Spencer Wiggins since he acquired the company five years ago.
As a member of Herrera Beutler’s local economic advisory council, Wiggins said he invited the congresswoman to tour the company’s new $3.8 million, 40,000-square-foot building on Baltimore Street after receiving an email from her office earlier this month. The building went up last spring and has been in the planning stages for at least two years.
Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler wants the individual tax cuts from December’s new tax law to become permanent, and she’s introduced a bill to make that happen.
Tax cuts for individual taxpayers from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which Herrera Beutler voted for) will expire in 2025, though the tax cuts for businesses and corporations are permanent. Beutler’s new legislation, if it works through Congress and is signed by President Donald Trump, would take away that expiration date.
“We passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last year to allow folks to keep more of their money, and to help Southwest Washington families have a little more financial security to save, invest, and plan for the future,” Herrera Beutler said in the press release. “Rather than wait until 2025 to extend that tax relief, Congress should make it permanent now.”
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler visited the Chehalis School District Wednesday to learn about the district’s initiatives and take a sneak peak at the new STEM facility prior to its grand-opening celebration, stating the moves the district has made so far are incredible.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, said. “I felt like I just walked through a college level molecular science lab.”
Joined by school district and Chehalis Foundation officials, she was briefed about the work the district has done to further its science, technology, engineering and mathematics offerings. More than $1 million has been invested into STEM, robotics and molecular engineering at W.F. West High School. She also learned about the Beyond K-12 Initiative, which established a goal to increase the number of students who obtain their college degree or some sort of credential after high school by focusing on college awareness, eligibility, preparedness, success in college and being career ready. The district is surpassing the goals it had previously established. About 80 percent of the class of 2022 is expected to be eligible for college, with 60 percent expected to graduate from college.
Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler Thursday affirmed her opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal for new offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration off Washington’s coastline.
She and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a letter asking the administration to remove the coast of Washington from its planning areas for expanded drilling and exploration. Herrera Beutler and Reichert are two of the four Republican members of the Washington congressional delegation.
“I don’t support offshore oil and gas exploration in states that don’t want it, and Washington’s citizens have never indicated any desire to have oil and gas activity off their coast,” Rep. Herrera Beutler said in a prepared statement.