Dear friends and neighbors,

This week the Legislature unveiled a robust plan to invest in our transportation infrastructure across the state. Move Ahead Washington is a 16-year transportation package that will invest $17 billion to improve everything from roads to rails, from ferries to bike paths. This moves Washington ahead towards a sustainable future by providing a clear path to better connect people around our state.

I’m excited to announce the local improvements we can expect to see with this historic legislation. In this proposed version, over half a billion dollars will go directly into the 38th Legislative District to address our local transportation needs, as seen below.

These funds will be allocated to improve I-5 (from NB Marine View Dr to SR 529), US 2 trestle bridge, the North Broadway pedestrian bridge, the 156th Street railroad overcrossing, SR 99 business access and transit lanes (148th St SW to Airport Rd), Swift Bus Rapid Transit, and much more.

Move Ahead Washington includes funds to allow children to ride free on all public transportation services, invest in a high-speed rail corridor, and to fulfill the state obligation to replace existing fish passages.

Importantly, this package is not relying on an increased gas tax or additional car tabs fees. You can read more about the legislation here: SB 5974 and SB 5975.

Senate Floor Action

Another one of my bills passed off the Senate floor last week!

SB 5753 updates the member composition, quorum rules and member qualification requirements for health profession boards, commissions, and advisory committees. Membership requirements and qualifications for some have not changed over the years, and this has created inconsistencies and inequities. It’s important that professional leadership should better represent the public in diversity, geography, and specialty areas in some professions. This bill addresses those inconsistencies and inequities, and I am pleased to see it advance to the House.

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My work in Olympia is always informed by the voices of my neighbors, and I’m eager to hear yours.