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Highway 18, financial literacy, and non-tax revenue top my list

Highway 18, financial literacy, and non-tax revenue top my list

Dear friends and neighbors: I have three main priorities for the legislative session that began Monday. First and foremost, I am helping to develop a transportation revenue package that will, among other things, provide the funds to finish Highway 18 without raising the gas tax. As the serious head-on collision earlier this week ...

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Judge’s ruling could restore low insurance rates for customers

Judge’s ruling could restore low insurance rates for customers

Dear friends and neighbors: I was encouraged recently to see a judge throw out the state insurance commissioner’s emergency rule banning insurers from using credit scoring to set rates. While this is only one step in the overall process, it’s a positive step that could lead to the rescinding of the ...

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As insurance premiums rise, I’m pressing for answers

As insurance premiums rise, I’m pressing for answers

Dear friends and neighbors: Many of you have or will soon be seeing significant increases in your insurance premiums because of a recent emergency rule by the state insurance commissioner to prohibit the use of credit scores in insurance. The basic effect is that many people who file few claims will ...

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Local infrastructure projects in our community

Local infrastructure projects in our community

Dear friends and neighbors: Numerous 5th District communities will benefit from the state construction budget we’ll soon be passing off the Senate floor. This budget, separate from both the transportation and operating budgets, supports infrastructure such as buildings for local governments and nonprofits, trails, affordable housing, and many other local community ...

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Historic relief for our hardest-hit businesses

Historic relief for our hardest-hit businesses

Dear friends and neighbors: As we near the final week of this legislative session, probably the single piece of legislation on which I’ve worked hardest is Senate Bill 5478 to bring urgent relief to businesses large and small that have been hurt most by the pandemic. I don’t think the importance ...

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Major construction projects across our community

Major construction projects across our community

Dear friends and neighbors: One of my favorite areas of focus in Olympia is the state construction budget, partly because it allows me to tap my background in finance—I’ve helped write this budget in every one of my nine years in the Legislature—but even more because it allows me to make ...

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We’re close to reopening schools, thanks to you

We’re close to reopening schools, thanks to you

Dear friends and neighbors: As a result of Gov. Inslee’s actions last week, we’re pretty close to reopening our schools—and that’s a tribute to your hard work as much as anyone’s. I’ve been advocating for months for getting kids back into schools. I give the governor credit for listening and adjusting ...

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