2014 Session begins with high hopes

obanfirstdayThe 60-day legislative session for 2014 is now underway and I’m pleased to report that we’re not being forced to reconcile a budget and spending gap this session. Thanks to the balanced, reform-focused budget written by the Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus in 2013, Washington has created more jobs, improved education and kept our promise to live within our means…and it was the most bipartisan budget in more than 20 years (44 of 49 senators voted for it).

It’s now our responsibility to carry that success forward throughout the 2014 session by reaffirming our commitment to the people of Washington. This year, I am going to continue working to reform state government to make it more efficient and accountable to rebuild trust in government. In even years such as this, the session lasts only 60 days which leaves very little time to tackle some of the big issues. However, I am excited about the coming challenges we’ll be facing and working collaboratively with my Democrat friends to find amicable solutions to our state’s problems.

As always, it is an honor to serve as your state senator. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your comments, questions or concerns. My door is always open, and I encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions with me. I look forward to hearing from you.