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Key relief for small businesses

Key relief for small businesses

Dear friends and neighbors: As the only Senate Democrat who is also a small business owner-operator, I came into session championing three bills to help small business owners across the state. The first involves unemployment insurance (UI). Due to all the layoffs from the pandemic, there was going to be a huge ...

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What I do when I’m not passing bills

What I do when I’m not passing bills

Dear friends and neighbors: Sometimes the most important work we do draws the least attention. Take my role as the Senate lead on the State Investment Board, where we manage $140 billion in state pension funds. I see your eyes glazing over, but stay with me — this is important stuff. If ...

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Our students need reliable access to counselors

Our students need reliable access to counselors

Dear friends and neighbors: Last year I sponsored legislation to assure students access to school counselors. Though the bill passed the Senate, it died in the House. Since then, the need for access has not gone away, it has only increased—and not just for career guidance but to address trauma and ...

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A critical win for businesses this week

A critical win for businesses this week

Dear friends and neighbors: This has been a very important week for businesses and our larger community. I’ve been pushing for weeks for our state to accelerate the reopening of our restaurants, fitness centers and other businesses. Well, those efforts are paying off in the form of new metrics announced ...

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Why we should open schools now

Why we should open schools now

Dear friends and neighbors: If you’re a parent, there’s a strong chance you share my interest in getting our kids back in school. I say this not just because I’ve heard from scores of concerned parents but because I’m a father with six kids and the husband of a schoolteacher. Whatever ...

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My priority is to help our community, households and businesses recover

My priority is to help our community, households and businesses recover

Dear friends and neighbors: Some of you receiving this email may be hearing from me for the first time, as we have recently updated our circulation list. So please know that, as someone who gets a lot of emails every day, I know how it feels to get inundated — and ...

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E-News - See you in November

E-News - See you in November

Dear friends and neighbors, I’m grateful to have represented the 5th Legislative District for another session down in Olympia, and proud of the work that we were able to accomplish in just a short 60-day session. I want to take a second to highlight some accomplishments from the 2020 session, along ...

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