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Big civic improvements on the way for Lake Stevens, Mill Creek and Snohomish

Big civic improvements on the way for Lake Stevens, Mill Creek and Snohomish

The passage of the Capital Construction budget last week in the Washington State Legislature means that the communities of Lake Stevens, Mill Creek and Snohomish will soon see several civic improvements. The Capital Construction budget, a $6.3 billion investment in communities across Washington in things like broadband, housing, environmental cleanup and countless civic projects in communities across the state, received unanimous ...

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"Bare bones" Transportation budget heads to Governor's desk

"Bare bones" Transportation budget heads to Governor's desk

The Senate on Saturday passed the 2021-23 Transportation Budget, on a 41-8 vote. Senate Bill 5165 cleared the House earlier in the day and will now head to the Governor for his signature. Sen. Steve Hobbs, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and sponsor of the bill, is thankful the tough decisions to cut or delay projects did not have to ...

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Forward Washington transportation investment plan re-introduced

Forward Washington transportation investment plan re-introduced

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Hobbs has reintroduced and will hold a public hearing today at 10 a.m. for his Forward Washington transportation investment plan. Hobbs’ plan will inject badly needed funding into transportation projects big and small in communities throughout the state. It will prioritize investments in transit, bike and pedestrian projects, maintenance and preservation, fish passage improvements, and the ...

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“No frills” Transportation Budget clears Senate

“No frills” Transportation Budget clears Senate

The Senate on Monday passed Senate Bill 5165, the 2021-23 Transportation Budget, on a unanimous vote. However passage of the transportation budget came with a warning from Sen. Steve Hobbs, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and bill’s sponsor. “This budget only keeps the lights on, and Washingtonians expect and need more than a transportation budget that merely keeps the ...

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Hobbs: Transportation budget “reflects the urgent need for infrastructure investments”

Hobbs: Transportation budget “reflects the urgent need for infrastructure investments”

While Washington’s finances continue to recover and benefit from a better-than-expected revenue forecast and one-time federal money, the state’s transportation funding sources continue to languish. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the collection of gas tax, has been in decline. Gas tax revenue waned only further as Washingtonians began to stay home to combat the pandemic. In addition, other sources of transportation ...

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Sen. Hobbs votes ‘no’ on capital gains tax

Sen. Hobbs votes ‘no’ on capital gains tax

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, today joined three fellow Democrats in voting against a tax on capital gains. Hobbs, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, issued the statement below following passage of Senate Bill 5096: “I do not disagree that Washington’s tax structure needs work, but worse than our tax structure, and more important for jobs and our economy, is a transportation ...

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Sen. Hobbs’ office will remain open during his command of National Guard’s COVID-19 mission in Western Washington

Sen. Hobbs’ office will remain open during his command of National Guard’s COVID-19 mission in Western Washington

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington National Guard, has been selected to command Task Force Olympic – the Guard’s mission in Western Washington helping that area of the state with its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Hobbs’ service begins immediately and will keep him away from his legislative responsibilities for an indeterminate amount of time. While ...

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Hobbs’ bill to enhance National Guard education benefits signed into law

Hobbs’ bill to enhance National Guard education benefits signed into law

The women and men of Washington’s National Guard assist communities across the state during times of crisis. In fact Guard members across the country are at this moment aiding in the COVID-19 pandemic response. But our state is struggling to recruit and retain Guard members leaving our state at risk in times of crisis. Today, a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs ...

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Capital improvements coming to Lake Stevens, Snohomish

Capital improvements coming to Lake Stevens, Snohomish

Improvements are coming to the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, as well as to the Lake Stevens Early Learning Library and Frontier Heights playground. The passage of the 2020 Supplemental Capital Budget on Thursday, will bring improvements to communities across Washington, including here in Snohomish County. “The capital budget is about improving quality of life in communities across our state,” said ...

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Hobbs’ bill to enhance National Guard education benefits heads to governor

Hobbs’ bill to enhance National Guard education benefits heads to governor

The women and men of Washington’s National Guard assist communities across the state during wildfires, floods and other natural disasters as well as deploying to meet threats overseas. But our state is struggling to recruit and retain Guard members leaving our state at risk in times of crisis. On Friday, a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens), himself a Lieutenant ...

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