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Improving health—at work and in the community

Improving health—at work and in the community

Dear neighbors, This past Monday, a legislative session unlike any in our state’s history began. Despite threats of violence, and the necessity of conducting most legislative business remotely to protect public health, it has been a success so far. Legislators and staff have been working for months to ensure that the session ...

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Supporting Washington’s Workers

Supporting Washington’s Workers

Dear neighbors, Your 2021 Washington State Legislative session will convene on Monday in Olympia. As President Pro Tempore, I will preside over the opening session of the Senate. There are some concerns about possible protests, but I am confident our Washington State Patrol will be able to handle whatever situation develops. ...

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Aid for businesses and workers

Aid for businesses and workers

Dear neighbors, As we approach the holidays, I hope you are staying healthy and safe. I know we all want to see our family and friends. But with COVID numbers increasing dramatically in Washington, we are seeing more cases now than we did at the peak this spring. Now is a ...

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The nation's first public option is open for enrollment

The nation's first public option is open for enrollment

Dear Neighbors, If you’re looking for health insurance, now is the time to act. Open enrollment in the Washington State health care exchange opened on November 1. For coverage starting January 1, the deadline to enroll is December 15; and for coverage starting February 1, the deadline is January 15. See below ...

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Update on small business assistance

Update on small business assistance

Dear Neighbors, As I wrote you last week, our federal, state and local governments are stepping up assistance for people and businesses affected by the pandemic. In addition to the rental, mortgage, and child care assistance that I listed in my previous e-newsletter, they are also offering generous help for ...

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Rental, mortgage, and child care assistance

Rental, mortgage, and child care assistance

Dear Neighbors, As we enter the fall still feeling the effects of the pandemic, state and local governments are stepping up assistance for people in need. If you need emergency help with food, housing, or other services, contact King County Crisis Connections (call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 877-211-9274). If ...

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E-News: Unemployment benefits and returning to work

E-News: Unemployment benefits and returning to work

Dear Neighbors,

As our economy reopens, many people who have been furloughed or temporarily let go will be asked to return to work. For anyone who has been collecting unemployment benefits, that can present challenges. The Employment Security Department (ESD) has just published information to help people navigate the return to ...

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E-News: Mask Up for Phase 2

E-News: Mask Up for Phase 2

Dear Neighbors, We have much to be proud of. Working together, we have slowed the spread of coronavirus. As we reopen our state's economy, it's important to exercise caution so that we can safely resume many of the activities of our daily lives. Now that King County has entered Phase 2, ...

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E-News: Food Assistance for School Children, School Reopening Guidelines

E-News: Food Assistance for School Children, School Reopening Guidelines

Dear Neighbors, Our schools perform many crucial functions in the community, from their core mission of education to providing nutritious meals for students who otherwise wouldn't have access to them. In this time of crisis, our schools are stepping up to make sure that school closures don’t mean that kids have ...

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E-news: An open letter to the people of Washington

E-news: An open letter to the people of Washington

Dear Neighbors, I am profoundly moved by the events of the past ten days, and am staying in touch with all our communities in the 33rd legislative district to hear concerns about police agencies and constituent complaints. I have been reassured with what I have heard so far. I am continuing ...

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