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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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Why I voted against a capital gains tax

Why I voted against a capital gains tax

Dear friends and neighbors: You probably know by now that the Senate passed a measure this past weekend that would establish a capital gains tax, a new tax on the growth of capital assets like stocks and bonds or the value of a business when sold. Since this is one of ...

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Next week’s town hall meeting has new time

Next week’s town hall meeting has new time

Dear friends and neighbors: While the pandemic has forced many of us to curtail many of the activities we would normally be doing, my legislative seatmates and I are working to make sure we stay connected with you and you can easily share your concerns with us. To that end, Reps. Lisa ...

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