OLYMPIA - Washington State Representatives Dan Newhouse (R) of Sunnyside and Bruce Chandler (R) of Granger were recently recognized as two of the top supporters of policies that will help create jobs, according to Washington Roundtable, a business coalition that scored lawmakers' performances during the 2005 session.
The jobmaker rating was established by the non-profit public policy group, which is composed of 40 chief executives of Washington private employers, as well as the Association of Washington Business.
Lawmakers were assigned points for sponsoring job-producing legislation, voting favorably for bills that will help foster job growth in Washington and for opposing measures that would hurt Washington's business climate and are considered "job killers."
Both Chandler and Newhouse earned 55 points as job makers during the session, the second-highest score earned.
"Improving job opportunities and prosperity for Washington families was at the top of our agenda this session," said Chandler, who as a member of leadership was not in a role of introducing bills. "We were keenly aware of what needed to be done to improve our economy and bring jobs to our state. We worked hard to make our state more job friendly. There were successes and setbacks this session for the working families, but I'm optimistic that opportunities still exist to make Washington competitive for jobs and economic growth in our global economy."
Newhouse added that many of the successes in the recent session can be measured by what didn't occur.
"There was a lot of pressure from special interests to adopt legislation and enact budget decisions that would have hurt our economic recovery," said Newhouse. "Our tax policies and regulatory climate are key factors when prospective employers decide whether they want to do business in Washington. It's important that we sent a message that Washington wants to work in partnership with employers to create healthy economy and jobs for the working families. That's what ultimately generates the money we need for other important things government pays for, such as good schools and public safety."
Newhouse and Chandler received credit on the jobmaker scoreboard for supporting measures to build more accountability into state agency rulemaking and create incentives for renewable energy. They were also given credit for opposing policies that would increase the cost of health care, implement costly new California vehicle emission standards, making it harder for small businesses to compete for public works contracts and rolling back historic unemployment insurance reforms adopted two years ago. They were also commended for opposing the excessive spending and unnecessary tax increases approved by majority Democrat budget writers.