E-Newsletter

Legislature addresses health care access and affordability

Legislature addresses health care access and affordability

Dear friends and neighbors, The passage of the Affordable Care Act and the Legislature’s quick action to expand Medicaid eligibility has allowed more than 650,000 Washingtonians to gain health care coverage over the last decade. As a result, our state’s uninsured rate has plummeted to single digits. Just last week, ...

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Legislature acts on justice reform in 2021 session

Legislature acts on justice reform in 2021 session

Dear friends and neighbors, Since Democrats regained the majority in the Washington State Senate in 2018, addressing systemic racial disparities in our criminal justice system and ending the era of mass incarceration have been high on our priority list. Over the last three years, we have worked to end the practice ...

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Democrats in Legislature work to advance civil rights and equity

Democrats in Legislature work to advance civil rights and equity

Dear friends and neighbors, Happy Pride 2021! There is much to celebrate this Pride Month as we emerge from the pandemic and collectively reflect on progress the LGBTQ community has made in the fight for equality. Next week we will also celebrate Juneteenth (June 19), the day in 1865 on which the ...

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Supporting workers and small businesses

Supporting workers and small businesses

Dear friends and neighbors: When the Legislature convened in January, we were prepared to act swiftly to support the thousands of workers and small businesses suffering due to the pandemic. For many of our neighbors, the last year has been filled with financial anxiety and hardship. In the first month of session, ...

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Legislature delivers long-overdue tax reform

Legislature delivers long-overdue tax reform

Dear friends and neighbors, Washington has led the nation with smart policy at the state level on many issues over the years, but tax fairness isn’t one of them. For decades, tax policy experts have reported that our state has the most regressive tax structure in the United States. The state’s ...

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Legislature takes action on housing, homelessness

Legislature takes action on housing, homelessness

Dear friends and neighbors, The housing and homelessness crisis is among the most urgent challenges our region faces. In the past year, we’ve again learned valuable lessons about how essential affordable housing is, since during the pandemic your home became the only safe place for you to be. When the 2021 ...

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Climate action in the state legislature

Climate action in the state legislature

In the final days of this year’s session, the legislature reached agreement on several historic pieces of legislation to decrease carbon emissions in our state and protect the environment.

Combatting climate change

The Climate Commitment Act (SB 5126) puts our state on a path to net-zero carbon emissions by the year ...

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Legislative action on childcare and early learning

Legislative action on childcare and early learning

Dear friends and neighbors: Years from now, we will remember the Fair Start for Kids Act (SB 5237) as a landmark achievement of the 2021 legislative session. Our childcare and early learning system was in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic.  After more than a year of economic disruption, and the system ...

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