Rep. Peter Abbarno reacts to Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address

After Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his annual State of the State Address on Tuesday, Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, issued this statement:

“The theme of the governor's state of the state this afternoon was for the Legislature to take action now. I don't disagree that the Legislature needs to take action on problems created over more than three decades of one-party rule, and recently, a complete monopolization of government by the governor.

“Many of us value the same goals, but have different values on how to accomplish those goals. We want more housing inventory; we want to end intergenerational poverty; we want to provide a quality education to every child in every district whether rich or poor; we want to create family-wage jobs; and we want to encourage and strengthen our families. 

“I am committed to working across the aisle where there is meeting of the minds. And, I am committed to working across the aisle on our differences. We owe that to Washington. We owe them our efforts to communicate with each other and find solutions.

Real solutions are difficult to achieve without the Legislature reforming the governor's emergency powers, including with House Bill 1772 — legislation I have co-sponsored. That is the starting point. Otherwise, the Legislature continues to cede its constitutional power that keeps our government unbalanced.

“I remain focused on kitchen-table issues — improving educational opportunities, strengthening families, creating jobs, building infrastructure for housing inventory, job creation, flood mitigation, and improving the quality of life of Washingtonians regardless of where you are or your position today. The future should have no limit for you in Washington state.

“As we start the first week of the 2022 legislative session, please feel free to contact me to share your thoughts and opinions about issues and bills at”


Washington State House Republican Communications