Help reduce unemployment among our veterans! Washington is home to 340,000 working-age veterans. Unfortunately, we have a higher veteran unemployment rate than the rest of the nation. That’s why I prime sponsored legislation that created the first-ever, statewide tax credit for employers that hire unemployed veterans.  The goal of this new tax credit is to reduce the... Read More...
Sound Transit’s definition of “very clear” In the Senate investigatory meetings into Sound Transit and whether the agency mislead the legislature regarding the costs of Sound Transit 3, one of the things that came up repeatedly was that the agency produced many documents telling legislators it needed the “full $15 billion” in funding authorization for ST3. ... Read More...
Sound Transit vs. average citizen on what “value” means At the second Sound Transit investigatory meeting of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, I questioned Sound Transit spokesman Geoff Patrick about how Sound Transit presented the concept of an automobile’s value to voters.  I pointed out that most people assume “value” to mean the price at which one could... Read More...
Second Sound Transit investigatory meeting The second Sound Transit Investigatory meeting of the Senate Law and Justice Committee was held in Everett on Thursday, October 5.  In this work session, we focused on Sound Transit’s involvement in the proposition 1 ballot measure and followed up on questioning related to misleading information given to the legislature. ... Read More...
O’Ban launches coordinated effort to stop Lakewood release of alleged killer In a letter to Governor Inslee sent today, Senator Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, calls on the governor to halt plans by Western State Hospital (WSH) to release accused murderer Lawrence David Butterfield into the community of Lakewood. In the letter, O’Ban questions whether the state has employed sufficient safeguards, followed... Read More...
Mental Health improvements included in final budget In keeping with our commitment to protect the most vulnerable, this budget will improve the care for those with serious mental illness.  While a number of negotiated reforms were unfortunately killed at the last minute in the House, some key aspects of my legislation to reform our mental health system... Read More...
Reforms for foster care and adoption included in budget deal I worked to ensure that our budget includes help for kids in state care and the foster parents who provide them the stable and loving environment they need.  The budget provides expanded respite care for foster parents so that they can take a break from their 24/7 responsibilities and attend... Read More...
Solution for education funding includes property tax cuts for Pierce County Solution found for education funding The big challenge this year was solving the generational problem of inequity within our statewide school funding system and an overreliance on local funds for basic education.  For decades, past legislatures have reduced the percentage of state investment going to K-12 education.  Since the Republican-led... Read More...
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