Podcast: Senate Republican Press Conference on Homelessness

Homelessness took center stage Friday at the State Capital.

With little more than a month left in the legislative session, Republican senators emphasized their continued commitment to addressing the crisis, and expressed surprise that solutions they put on the table this past fall still have not been brought before the full Senate for votes.

Both Senators Hans Zeiger and Randi Becker says the homelessness situation often comes down to two things. Senator John Braun says people need to be held accountable.

The Republicans say there’s plenty of money to deal with the issue without raising taxes, but Senator Keith Wagoner adds that dollars alone won’t solve the problem. And Senator Shelly Short worries that cities might undermine legislation from Olympia by continuing or enacting failed policies.

The Senators stressed that most of the bills to tackle homelessness enjoy strong bipartisan support.