Category Archives: E-News

Washington State Capitol Building
29 Mar
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E News- Operating budget hurts schools and local communities

Dear friends and neighbors, Throughout my time serving in the Senate, I have never voted against a final operating budget — until today. I cannot in good conscience support a budget that raids the pocketbooks of our cities and hampers ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
10 Mar
0

E News- 2016 highlights

Dear friends and neighbors, It has been an honor to represent you and the entire 5th Legislative District this year. We are in the final hours of the legislative session and even though I am seriously disappointed that we have ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
01 Mar
0

E News- Tackling traffic congestion

Dear friends and neighbors, In last year’s transportation revenue package, I was able to secure funding for a new interchange at Highway 18 and I-90. Congestion at this location is maddening, and this project will go a long way toward ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
23 Feb
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E News- Helping families save for college

Dear friends and neighbors, As the father of four daughters, I know how stressful it can feel when planning to save for college. What families need are options. That’s why this session I co-sponsored Senate Bill 6601, which establishes the ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
16 Feb
0

E News- A collaborative effort

Dear friends and neighbors, Too often down here in Olympia, when groups are on different sides of an issue, we see competing legislation offered from each side and then long, drawn-out arguments without resolution. Throughout my legislative career, I have ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
09 Feb
0

E News- This is not the way our state should be managed

Dear friends and family, Last Friday, without any warning, the Senate Republicans voted not to confirm Lynn Peterson, the head of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Essentially, they fired her. This was the first time since our State was founded ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
03 Feb
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E News- Make local levies a part of the solution

Dear friends and neighbors, During the recession, lawmakers temporarily hiked the amount of money schools could raise through property tax levies so that school districts could survive possible statewide funding cuts. This temporary increase is set to expire at the ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
27 Jan
0

E News- Teacher retention and recruitment

Dear friends and neighbors, Statewide, we have a serious teacher shortage. School districts are struggling to attract teachers to the profession and retain them once they are hired. Some districts have started the year with as many as 30 classroom ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
19 Jan
0

E News- Charter school families deserve certainty

Dear friends and neighbors, It is an honor to be back in Olympia representing your values in the 2016 legislative session. As always, my overriding responsibility is to you, the residents of the 5th Legislative District. When it comes to ...

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