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A quick summer update

A quick summer update

Dear neighbors,  We are nearing three months since the end of the 2022 legislative session and while many are campaigning during this time, other Senators, myself included, are not yet up for re-election and are still hard at work meeting with community members, and stakeholders, and road-mapping the upcoming ‘23 session.  If you missed it in my last newsletter, Washington State received an AAA bond rating throughout the public health crisis, underscoring Washington State’s economic viability for businesses and solid financial management, even in the height of a global pandemic.Read More

An end of Session recap

An end of Session recap

Dear neighbors, We have officially ended the 2022 legislative session and I am proud to report we made tremendous strides for everyday working Washingtonians. This year we adjourned on time for the fifth year in a row, a record not held by any legislature since 1899. That’s good government. Additional days, special sessions, cost the state millions of dollars. This exemplifies our commitment to serving Washington’s workers and families and not wasting their money. Scroll below for a quick a digest of this legislative session’s key impacts. While we still have more work to do, I am proud of ...

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Wrapping up another powerful week in the Senate!

Wrapping up another powerful week in the Senate!

Dear neighbors, We’re wrapping up another powerful week in the Senate and we’re almost done! It’s the legislative session’s last full week and I’m proud to say we made great progress. Some of my bills have already been passed through the House. I’m working on shepherding House education bills through the Senate. Scroll below for a quick update.

School District Consultation with Local Tribes

I am honored and excited to report that my bill to equip school board members with tribal consultation training passed! SB 5252 (which cleared the governor’s desk yesterday!) will result in the development of elements and procedures ...

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An Update! Budget, Broadband, and Implants

An Update! Budget, Broadband, and Implants

Friends, and Neighbors,   This week the Senate carved out a budget that puts Washingtonians first and we’re working around the clock to pass it. We know Washington State is ranked #1 with the most regressive tax code in the nation and that our tax code is disproportionately burdening our working families who in many cases are barely getting by.  

This budget isn’t balanced on the back of the worker.

$350 million will strengthen our state’s groundbreaking paid family leave program to help families spend more precious time together. $345 million ...

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Honoring Black leaders, honoring history.

Honoring Black leaders, honoring history.

  Honoring Black leaders, honoring history.  February is the month where we call special attention to Black leaders both here in Washington State,  and across the nation. It is my hope that while this month serves as a calibration point for all of us to center Black voices, it also serves as a springboard for year-round, day-to-day intentionality. I see it as a reminder to work to continually center Black voices, with particular focus on Black Women who disproportionately shoulder the burden of systemic and institutional racism. It’s particularly important that those of us, honored by ...

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The 2022 Legislative Session is off to a strong start.

The 2022 Legislative Session is off to a strong start.

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The 2022 Legislative Session is off to a strong start, and we’ve already seen some landmark legislation hit the floor. I’m proud of the progress we made in 2021 and I am eager to continue expanding upon some of the work we had to leave unfinished. Though we passed the Fair Start for Kids Act, seeing a $430 million increase into Childcare and Early Learning Services, we have rolled up our sleeves and hit the ground running for this short session. As your champion for Schools and Students, my job is to act as a ...

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The Future of Education in WA

The Future of Education in WA

Friends and neighbors, Our economy will continue to grow and change, and, to answer the needs of tomorrow we need our education system to be responsive now to the 21st century’s digital economy. At the state level, we are building on the preparatory work already accomplished; establishing pathways for graduation, setting standards for computer science in K-12 and requiring computer science to be offered as an elective in every high school. On the horizon are additional innovative policies for the future of Washington’s public education system that will allow our students to thrive and reach their full potential. ...

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E-News: School Visits Report-Now Available!

E-News: School Visits Report-Now Available!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Educational Service Districts Tour

This interim, I resumed my annual tradition of visiting each educational service district (ESD) around the state, a tradition that took a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic. I heard from each ESD about the massive pressure placed upon students, educators, families, staff, and the districts themselves to respond to and adapt to new, pandemic-related needs. When visiting each school, I asked them about:
  • How districts used federal funds
  • How the implementation of equity training, as mandated by Senate Bill 5044 is ...

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