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Investments in Our Communities and Future

Investments in Our Communities and Future

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Friends, As the summer is winding down, I wanted to highlight some exciting projects that our communities can look forward to, where to find vaccines near you, and more. As we dive into the work of preparing for the 2022 session, I will always take note of your feedback and ideas moving forward. Head to my website to find my contact information and reach out, or send an email to me directly at Marko.Liias@leg.wa.gov[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="2926" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Capital Budget investments This session, we ...

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Key bills going into effect, more interim updates

Key bills going into effect, more interim updates

Friends, After a historic Legislative session this winter, lawmakers are now settling into the interim and preparing for the next time we convene. While things are now a bit slower than the busy session pace, there is still plenty happening to work towards a better Washington for all residents. Keep in touch with my office to make sure you hear about all things happening at the legislature by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Read More

A Historic Session of Putting People First

A Historic Session of Putting People First

Everyone ages 16 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first shot a few weeks ago and am looking forward to getting my second shot soon. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, according to the CDC. People can return to their normal pre-pandemic activities once they are fully vaccinated. Please continue to mask up, avoid gatherings, and get vaccinated as soon as you can. The end is almost here if we all do our part!

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Investing in Washington's Recovery

Investing in Washington's Recovery

Senate Democrats released our 2021-23 operating budget on Thursday. And let me just say, this is an outstanding budget. Exactly one year ago, the coronavirus was spreading out of control. Extraordinary measures were enacted to protect public health and control the spread of the virus. Thousands lost their jobs and the economy was in free fall virtually over night. There were calls from some lawmakers and editorial boards for the Legislature to convene a special session to slash the budget at a ...

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Rebalancing Our Broken Tax Code & Upcoming Telephone Town Hall

Rebalancing Our Broken Tax Code & Upcoming Telephone Town Hall

Friends: We’ve officially entered the second half of the 2021 mostly remote legislative session. As I reflect this weekend about what lawmakers have accomplished so far, I’m still in a small state of disbelief that this work is getting done – and getting done safely - during a pandemic.

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Black History Month, Upcoming Floor Debates, Virtual Town Hall Recap

Black History Month, Upcoming Floor Debates, Virtual Town Hall Recap

Friends: We’re about one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session and lawmakers are working quickly in the mostly remote environment on behalf of Washington residents. ICYMI: The Legislature approved nearly $4 billion in economic relief for Washingtonians, and we continue to work on getting additional relief to families and small businesses. Last week was a big week in health care as the Senate approved a bill to protect health care rights for women experiencing pregnancy complications and another ...

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COVID-19 Economic Relief Coming Soon!

COVID-19 Economic Relief Coming Soon!

Friends: We just wrapped up our fourth week of the 2021 mostly remote legislative session and I have big news to share regarding $4 billion in COVID-19 economic relief on the way to Washingtonians.


$1.7 Billion in unemployment benefit increases and business premium decreases Washington businesses were about to face massive unemployment insurance premium increases due to the pandemic-related layoffs. This would have put an unnecessary strain on so many small businesses that are already struggling to get by. Read More
COVID-19 Economic Relief: The 2021 Session is Underway!

COVID-19 Economic Relief: The 2021 Session is Underway!

Friends: First off, if you’re getting this e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! I’m Marko Liias, your state senator from the 21st Legislative District. I am one of your voices in the state Legislature in Olympia. I send these e-newsletters a few times a month during the legislative session and periodically when we’re out of session because it’s important you know what your public officials are doing on your behalf. Engaging with my constituents directly is one of my favorite ...

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