Author Archives: sdcadmin

Donna Grethen / Op-Art
14 Feb
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The Seattle Times: Highly capable learning should not be an either/or proposition

By  Jamie Pedersen Special to The Times For more than a decade, the Washington State Legislature has been building a more sustainable and robust foundation for the education of our state’s 1.1 million public school students. We have made substantial ...

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14 Feb
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Sen. Pedersen's legislative update

We passed the halfway mark this week on our 60-day legislative session in Olympia. The pace has been intense as we considered more than 1,800 bills on subjects ranging from homelessness and behavioral health to education and gun violence. We ...

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Gov. Jay Inslee, seated, signs the first bill of the 2020 legislative session into law. On the right stands the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, who is wearing a red tie. Photo by Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service
11 Feb
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The Daily Chronicle: Governor Signs Into Law Tax Bill to Help Fund Higher Education

Fewer businesses will be asked to foot the bill for higher education programs after Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6492 on Monday. The bill will restructure the business and occupation tax and surcharges put in place by ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
07 Feb
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The Daily World: Washington lawmakers approve change to business tax to fund college affordability

The Legislature has passed a bill changing the business-and-occupation tax to increase funding for a new program to make college more affordable to students across Washington. Democratic House lawmakers Wednesday night approved Senate Bill 6492, 52 to 45. No Republicans ...

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19 Sep
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2019 Session Review: For the people, by the people

Often the best ideas for new laws originate with friends and neighbors who are willing to tell their stories and put in hours of work to develop and advance legislation. One example close to my heart this week is the ...

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09 Sep
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2019 Session Review: Building a stronger community

Last week I had the opportunity to celebrate the re-opening of the recently renovated Lincoln High School (the first new comprehensive high school in our city in nearly 60 years) and attend the re-opening of Town Hall Seattle after two ...

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02 Sep
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2019 Session Review: Reforming outdated laws

Controversial bills grab most of the headlines. But every year, the Legislature passes – usually with overwhelming bipartisan support – dozens of bills to modernize and improve state law in a wide range of areas. Since 2010, I have served ...

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19 Aug
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2019 Session Review: Justice for sexual assault victims

Thanks to the work and leadership of many survivors of sexual assault in our state, the Legislature took action this year to make it easier for survivors to seek and achieve justice. I am grateful for the courage survivors demonstrated ...

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12 Aug
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2019 Session Review: Expanding access to higher education

For decades, our state has struggled to guarantee financial assistance for all low-income college students in the state who qualify. Nearly 18,000 people met the requirements for Washington’s State Need Grant last year, for instance, but could not access tuition ...

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05 Aug
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2019 Session Review: Improving K-12 education

The next school year starts in less than a month for public school students here in Seattle. My kids are excited to get back into their classrooms at Stevens Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, and Meany Middle School. Although work remains, ...

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