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Legislature’s 2021 budgets bring big investments to 30th district

Legislature’s 2021 budgets bring big investments to 30th district

  The budgets approved by the Legislature this year brought significant investments to the 30th Legislative District, which includes Federal Way, Algona, Pacific, Milton, Des Moines and Auburn. “I’m proud to have supported and advocated for investments that will make life in our district better, from improving programs that increase equity and support our youth, to fostering community development and addressing the unique transportation struggles we experience in our district,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn). Highlights of the investments that affect the district communities in each budget are listed below. The operating budget pays for the day-to-day operations of state government ...

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New state childcare provisions in Fair Start for Kids Act to take effect

New state childcare provisions in Fair Start for Kids Act to take effect

  Several provisions of the Fair Start for Kids Act, the system overhaul the Legislature passed this year in response to the state’s childcare crisis, take effect today. “In Washington, over half a million children do not have access to licensed childcare,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), who sponsored the act. “Even where there is childcare available, the cost is so high that it remains out of reach for most families. The Fair Start for Kids Act will help parents keep their jobs and the salaries they need to take care of their families by increasing access to affordable, ...

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Sens. Billig and Van De Wege react to the passing of former Senator Mark Doumit

Sens. Billig and Van De Wege react to the passing of former Senator Mark Doumit

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Chair of the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee Sen. Kevin Van De Wege issued the statements below following the passing of former Senator and Representative Mark Doumit. Doumit represented the 19th Legislative District from 1996 until 2006. He passed away June 21 at the age of 59. "Mark had a reputation as a person that brought instant credibility to an issue. He spent his entire life in public service, first working on behalf of his community and then as a champion for Washington’s forests. Even years after he had left ...

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WATCH: Sen. Frockt shares vision for economic recovery committee on TVW

WATCH: Sen. Frockt shares vision for economic recovery committee on TVW

Sen. David Frockt appeared on TVW's The Impact this week to share his vision for the newly created  bipartisan Special Committee on Economic Recovery. The committee will hold its first meeting in June and is tasked with making recommendations on COVID-19 recovery legislation in advance of the 2021 legislative session, or before that if lawmakers are called back into session this year. "If you're not thinking about jobs in this environment, you're not thinking about the right things," said Frockt during the interview. Frockt (D-Seattle) will serve as the committee’s chair. Republican Senator Randi Becker (R-Eatonville) will serve ...

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Upcoming Town Halls

Upcoming Town Halls

Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus and their seatmates in the House Democratic Caucus have upcoming town halls scheduled to discuss the 2020 Legislative Session, priority legislation and issues important to their districts. Find your lawmaker and their upcoming events in the list below: 1st Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 3-5 p.m. with Sen. Stanford and Reps. Duerr and Kloba at Cascadia Community College. 3rd Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m. with Sen. Billig and Reps. Riccelli and Ormsby at the Woman's Club of Spokane ballroom (1428 W 9th Ave., Spokane). 5th Legislative District Town ...

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Let's get back to work in 2020!

Let's get back to work in 2020!

When Democrats took over the Senate in 2018, we got to work putting people first. And we did it all on time. Now the 2020 Legislative Session is here, and we're ready to get back to work on progressive policies and bettering the lives of Washingtonians.

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We're Hiring!

We're Hiring!

The Senate Democratic Caucus is hiring a communications specialist. This is a full-time position with benefits, including health, retirement and leave. A communications specialist is an experienced communications professional who coordinates media, public and stakeholder activities for Democratic state senators. Successful candidates must be excellent writers who are able to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure, meet tight deadlines, be proactive and thrive in a team-oriented work environment. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, communications or a related field. Applicants should have a passion for the legislative process, excellent political and strategic judgment, and ...

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