My Position on Issues
24th Legislative District FIRST
I can’t be bought. My district isn’t for sale either. I’m not asking the 24th district voters to send me to Olympia to appease my party bosses or special interests. I will only vote for policies that represent our values and that are in the best interest of our district.
Business and Job Friendly
Improve Our Local Schools
Funding: We need to fulfill our funding obligations for public education. The logical first step for the Legislature to meet its obligation under the McCleary decision is to determine how the State is spending in other areas. Spending that isn’t constitutionally required or necessary for the public welfare should be on the table for consideration to be cut. I’m confident we can make progress in the give and take of the legislative session if all parties are willing to lay aside personal diﬀerences, agendas and special interests. I expect the solution will be a tough one, regardless. Whatever mechanism the state legislature comes up, that money need to be distributed equitably and administered locally without strings attached from the state. Local schools should be a local decision and elected school boards should have 100% discretion in how that money is spent.
Vocational Training: We need to create a culture of community and business support for our local public schools so kids have more vocational opportunities to explore.
School Choice: Parent's Rights
School Choice: Not all kids are the same. It’s in the State’s best interest to support choices in education.
Public School: I support school choice, but not at the expense of our local public schools. We need world-class schools to prepare our kids for today’s global economy. We need to meet our funding obligations for schools, but more money isn’t the only solution.
Parent’s Rights: I support a parent’s right to raise their own children according to their own values and beliefs, including how they choose to educate those children; e.g., public, charter, private, homeschool, distance learning, international exchanges, among others.
Privacy - Human Rights Commission Ruling
The December 2015 Human Rights Commission (HRC) ruling was a gross overreach. It achieved the exact opposite of its expressed intent, created more confusion than clarity, and has further divided our communities. The ambiguity has provoked fear in the hearts and minds of victims. Proponents of this irresponsible ruling have turned it into a propaganda tool that is ripping communities apart, furthering the divide.
It’s very simple. Men should not be allowed into women’s shower or locker rooms, period. This has nothing to do with “hate”, bigotry, prejudice, or the like. It’s about public privacy and safety from those with intent to do harm.
The idea that anyone opposed to the HRC ruling is afraid of transgender persons is purely propaganda. During the 2016 Legislative Session, a majority of the people who came forward in protest of the ruling were seeking a more creative solution that considered everyone’s safety and dignity, none at the expense of the other. I am one of those people.
In fact, hundreds of citizens asked the majority House Democrats to be a part of that solution by allowing a public hearing. The two Senate hearings drew overflow crowds. Many of the women who came forward had been victims of sexual assault, rape, voyeurism, etc. Their requests were obstinately rejected, including by my opponent Kevin Van De Wege.
Make no mistake; it was this suppression of the peoples’ voices that created the pressure point for filing of Initiative 1515 which, by the way, I-1515 makes zero reference to “transgender” anything – another lie. The intent of the initiative is as stated:
“The people find that privacy and public safety in places like restrooms, toilets, showers, locker rooms, saunas, and changing areas is a legitimate public concern. The people find that schools, in particular, are places where a child’s privacy is to be protected and that students should never be forced into environments where they may be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite sex, or where they may view members of the opposite sex in various states of undress. The people find that requiring students to share restrooms, locker rooms, and changing areas with members of the opposite sex will create potential embarrassment, shame, and psychological injury to students.” You can read the full text here.
I will hold our State Government accountable with your tax dollars by working to cut wasteful spending, improve efficiency, and stop imposing unmerited laws on its citizens.
I will call for transparency beginning with myself. You can “follow the money” here: http://bit.ly/TurissiniPDCReport.
I do not support an income tax, nor do I support a capital gains tax, which is also an income tax.
The government needs taxes to operate, but taxes are not the solution to every problem. I will support policies that empower individuals and community-based organizations to solve the problems in their own communities.
Protect Our Constitutional Freedoms
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
I Support the Value of Every Human Life ...
… at every stage, from conception through natural death.
Preamble to the Constitution – We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves AND our Posterity [yet to be born], do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Emphasis and brackets mine.)
I Support Religious Freedom
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR prohibiting the free exercise thereof [not just the freedom to worship within the four walls of my church]; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Emphasis mine.)
I Support the Right to Bear Arms
Second Amendment – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
I will Uphold and Protect Property Rights
I have received the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights Outstanding Rating
My CAPR Alliance for Property Rights Pledge:
In accordance with my oath of office to uphold my Washington State Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, I hereby affirm that I will not use the power of my office to advance laws, policies, or regulations which would most likely result in the loss of any unreasonable use, in taking, or in any other damage to private property unless provisions for just compensation having first been made or legally established in any such law, policy, or regulation.