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Opening opportunities for foster youth

Opening opportunities for foster youth

Last week I had the opportunity to meet some really stunning young adults. When I originally sponsored the Prudent Parent bill (SB 6479), the advocates explained the nuanced reasoning behind why the legislation is important. It all seemed pretty straight forward to me, which is why I didn't hesitate ...

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Legislative update - 1/27/14

Legislative update - 1/27/14

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2014 legislative session is underway and I’m honored to have another opportunity to work for you on the issues important to our district. This session is only 60 days, yet we have many pressing issues to address.

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Never Have A Conversation That We Need New Revenue For Education? …Really?

Never Have A Conversation That We Need New Revenue For Education? …Really?

At a press conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom told the Seattle Times that “We should never have a conversation that we need new revenue for education.” I was pretty stunned by the line in the sand nature of this comment because I think it is divorced from the ...

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Helping to relieve overcrowding in North Seattle schools

Helping to relieve overcrowding in North Seattle schools

I know that one of the biggest issues facing families in North Seattle is our lack of capacity for students in our schools. While the Seattle School District is hard at work finding new capacity for Seattle students, your legislators are working to get state money for new school construction ...

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Washington State Actuary reports good news for GET

Washington State Actuary reports good news for GET

OLYMPIA — This week the Office of the State Actuary reported at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Committee on the financial state of the GET program, a program that allows students and their families to prepay for credits at Washington public colleges and universities and ...

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Discussing education funding with League of Women Voters

Discussing education funding with League of Women Voters

On Monday night I had the chance to talk to the League of Women Voters on KSER Everett Independent Public Radio, along with Mukilteo teacher Mark Mains. We talked about education funding, the budget we just passed and what we need to do going forward to fulfill our obligation under ...

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Testifying before King County Council on funding transit

Testifying before King County Council on funding transit

I testified before the King County Council in support of passing a state-wide transportation package that includes funding for local transit. Declining sales tax revenue will force King County Metro to cut 17 percent of their service unless we pass a transportation package to provide more revenue for Metro. My ...

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Helping Minnesota follow Washington’s path in environmental protection

Helping Minnesota follow Washington’s path in environmental protection

In 2011, Washington became the first state in the union to ban coal-tar sealants by passing HB 1721, which I sponsored when still in the House of Representatives. When it rains, the storm water runoff carries with it chemicals from these sealants that can be seriously ...

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Hearing Stories From Homeless Youth

Hearing Stories From Homeless Youth

On Monday I had the opportunity to meet with some engaged youth from the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. It was stunning to hear how many of them have experienced homelessness. I heard personal accounts of the enormous challenges many youth in our communities face every day and about how ...

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