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Christine Rolfes
23rd District - Bainbridge Island

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Getting ready to get back to school

Getting ready to get back to school

Dear friends and neighbors: When the Legislature met earlier this year, one of our top priorities was addressing access to affordable, high quality childcare. It is one of the biggest issues facing families here in Kitsap and around the state. The childcare system was in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic and after more than a year of economic disruption, it is on the brink of collapse in many communities. Estimates show working parents in Washington lose out on $14 billion a year in wages due to the lack of childcare access.

A Fair Start

I was proud to vote for the Fair Start for Kids Act (SB 5237) and ...

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About Christine

Sen. Christine Rolfes represents the 23rd Legislative District, which includes the Kitsap County communities of Hansville, Kingston, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Keyport, Silverdale, and East Bremerton. Since her election to the state House of Representatives in 2006, Christine has become a leading voice on education funding and reform, small businesses, ferries, military-families and veterans, and the environment. Her efforts have yielded tangible results for the 23rd district and Washington State as a whole.

She chairs the Senate Ways and Means Committee, responsible for leading the development of the state’s $52 billion biennial budget. Under her leadership the legislature has, for the past two legislative sessions, delivered a four-year balanced budget on-time, with billions set aside in strategic reserves and historic investments in environmental restoration and public education. In August of 2019, the state’s bond ratings were upgraded by Moody’s Investor Services to Aaa for the first time, due primarily to sound fiscal practices and a diversified and strong economy.

Read Rolfes’ full biography here.

In the News

The Spokesman-Review: Bill to provide property tax relief for residents rebuilding after wildfires passes state Senate

The Spokesman-Review: Bill to provide property tax relief for residents rebuilding after wildfires passes state Senate

A bill that would provide tax relief to Washington residents when rebuilding homes damaged by natural disasters passed the Senate unanimously. The bill, sponsored by Ritzville Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler, began as an effort to help Eastern Washington residents whose homes ...

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NBC Right Now: Gov. Inslee signs off $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief bill, securing immediate aid for several industries

NBC Right Now: Gov. Inslee signs off $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief bill, securing immediate aid for several industries

On Friday Governor Jay Inslee signed off on three COVID-19 bills, including House Bill 1368, set to provide $2.2 billion dollars in relief to Washingtonians. "Today I am signing House Bill 1368, which is taking early action by the legislature, that ...

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King 5: Inslee expected to sign $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief bill this week

King 5: Inslee expected to sign $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief bill this week

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the next round of COVID-19 relief bills in the coming week. The Washington legislature approved a bill on Wednesday to allocate $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 funding. Because it has an emergency clause, ...

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