Rep. Michelle Caldier statement on governor’s latest eviction moratorium extension

Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, ranking Republican on the House Housing, Human Services and Veterans Committee, released this statement following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement Thursday that he is extending the statewide eviction moratorium to Oct. 31:

“We reached a bipartisan compromise to the statewide eviction moratorium with amendments in April to Senate Bill 5160, which set the end of the eviction moratorium for June 30. Then the governor broke faith with the Legislature and the public by vetoing the bipartisan compromise. After creating the problem, his solution was this so-called ‘bridge’ extension to September 30. Today’s announcement is one more example of Governor Inslee’s failed leadership as he goes back on his word. It’s why we need further checks and balances in the state’s emergency powers granted to the governor.

“The government’s failure to distribute rental assistance in a timely manner should not fall on the backs of rental housing providers who have been forced to carry the burden of thousands of tenants not paying their rent. This is extremely disappointing and will lead to more rental property owners leaving this industry and creating further housing shortages.”


Washington State House Republican Communications