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Senate transportation budget addresses I-976 funding crisis, restarts stuck projects

Senate transportation budget addresses I-976 funding crisis, restarts stuck projects

The Senate on Tuesday unveiled the 2020 supplemental transportation budget. Normally a document used to make minor tweaks and updates to the statewide transportation needs, this version of the supplemental budget is introduced at a time when Washington’s transportation funding is at a crossroads. This budget, SB 6497, utilizes one-time balancing methods that provide a short-term fix, but does not ...

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Hobbs talks transportation in Yakima

Hobbs talks transportation in Yakima

All corners of our state are unified by the challenges we face and by the opportunities those challenges present. Sen. Steve Hobbs recently toured the WSDOT’s South Central Region headquarters in Yakima and spoke with people dedicated to improving Washington’s transportation infrastructure. They discussed some of the challenges to that region such as extreme weather and wildfires. They also spoke of transportation ...

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Jobs, congestion relief the focus of Puget Sound Gateway kickoff

Jobs, congestion relief the focus of Puget Sound Gateway kickoff

As polarized as things seem right now, there is still at least one universal experience that unites us all – being stuck in traffic. But there is good news. I had the honor of attending the Puget Sound Gateway construction kickoff Tuesday. This project will help alleviate congestion on I-5 and elsewhere by closing major gaps on SR 167 from Puyallup to ...

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Governor signs state transportation budget

Governor signs state transportation budget

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed House Bill 1160, the 2019-21 Transportation budget.

“This budget addresses the transportation needs of our state,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, chair of the Senate Transportation committee. “This was a good, bipartisan effort to keep our promises and move our state forward.”

There ...

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Senate honors Lake Stevens Eagles softball for advancing to 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Senate honors Lake Stevens Eagles softball for advancing to 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

OLYMPIA – The Lake Stevens Eagles have become something of a regional softball powerhouse over the last several years.

Since 2013, the Eagles have won either gold or silver at the annual Special Olympics Washington State Softball Tournament. In 2018, the Eagles’ success landed them in the Special Olympics USA Games where they placed fourth ...

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Senate explores the contributions, future of gaming in Washington state

Senate explores the contributions, future of gaming in Washington state

A recent work session in the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee explored contributions and future impacts the gaming industry has on Washington’s economy.

From large outfits like Renton-based Wizards of the Coast -- which publishes titles like Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons and others – to small start-ups, gaming in ...

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Hobbs introduces Forward Washington transportation plan

Hobbs introduces Forward Washington transportation plan

OLYMPIA – Forward Washington -- a comprehensive 10-year transportation and environmental plan to invest in infrastructure and green technology projects throughout the state -- was introduced today by Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens).

This plan would address many of the state’s transportation and environmental needs but also serve as a jobs package, creating an ...

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Sen. Hobbs helps commemorate SR 99 tunnel opening

Sen. Hobbs helps commemorate SR 99 tunnel opening

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Haley Tabor serves as page in Washington State Senate

Haley Tabor serves as page in Washington State Senate

Haley Tabor, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of Jan. 14.

Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Senator Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, sponsored Tabor’s week in the Legislature.
“It was a privilege to host Haley at the Capitol this week,” said Hobbs. “I ...

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Hobbs: Impact of gaming on Washington economy is “no fantasy”

Hobbs: Impact of gaming on Washington economy is “no fantasy”

With more than 600 employees and 18 offices worldwide, Wizards of the Coast, which publishes games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, has left its mark on both popular culture and the economy.

The company has grown from a tiny startup operated out of founder Peter Adkison’s Seattle ...

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