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Town hall on Saturday!

Town hall on Saturday!

Dear friends and neighbors, One of my important roles in the Senate is serving as the lead writer of our state’s capital budget. Of the three budgets – operating, transportation, and capital – the capital budget is how we fund the construction and maintenance of infrastructure and physical projects. This year’s ...

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Those initiatives you’ve heard so much about

Those initiatives you’ve heard so much about

Dear friends and neighbors, The biggest issues we’re facing this session are the six initiatives to the Legislature that I’m sure you’ve heard so much about. More than 400,000 voters signed petitions to put these six initiatives before us – the Legislature has the opportunity to pass them directly into law, ...

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Driving change and funding the road ahead

Driving change and funding the road ahead

Dear friends and neighbors, You’ve probably read stories about the issues in our state transportation system right now. We’ve been seeing bids on all our big projects come in over budget from contractors, our construction of new ferries has been delayed, and I worry that our transportation leaders are going to ...

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A better path forward on climate

A better path forward on climate

Dear friends and neighbors, Perhaps the biggest issue of the 2024 session is our state’s efforts to combat climate change, which became incredibly controversial this past summer when our Climate Commitment Act contributed to driving up Washington’s gas prices to the most expensive in the nation. Putting a price on carbon pollution ...

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“Good little bills”

“Good little bills”

Dear friends and neighbors, It may only be the second week of the legislative session, but with a mere 60 days to complete our work, we’re already well into the process. Later in the session we’ll grapple with some of the bigger issues – gas prices and the Climate Commitment Act, ...

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Let’s build some schools together

Let’s build some schools together

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2024 session has begun and I’m excited to be back! This is my 12th and final year in the Senate, and every time I come down here, I’m honored by the trust you’ve placed in me to be your voice in the Legislature. I will always ...

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Finally, a bill passes on drug addiction

Finally, a bill passes on drug addiction

Dear friends and neighbors, When we adjourned the legislative session last month, we had a lot to be proud of, with one glaring exception – our failure to act on Washington’s drug addiction crisis. It was incredibly frustrating to me that this occurred, since we already had a good, bipartisan proposal in ...

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