The House transportation package is a non-starter. It’s over spent by hundreds of millions of dollars. We simply do not have enough resources to make it happen. That is irresponsible and is the kind of budgeting that has hurt our state for years. It is particularly not a good deal for our district. The Senat’es proposal actually funds projects and will help get our state and district moving again. Please click here to see what projects are funded in our district.
We only have 10 days left in this legislative session to be done on time. Yesterday we passed the Supplemental Budget with a bipartisan 41-8 vote. This is a great budget for all of education. It maintains our focus on creating an educated workforce so our companies have plenty of talented new hires, keeping their growth here instead of looking elsewhere.
I continue to work hard advocating for common sense policies that will bring growth to our state and put our children’s education first. As the Senate finishes up public hearings on House bills and start to vote, be assured that I am thinking about all of you who have reached out and made your voice heard. Click here to read the rest of this newsletter.
As of Monday, we have only 25 days left in this legislative session and still lots to accomplish. We’re hearing House bills in committee, and the Senate budget rolls out the first part of the week. We remain committed to focusing on issues that matter most to you, like jobs, education, transportation and a sustainable budget.
This week we celebrated President’s Day by working almost until midnight in order to pass important legislation out of the Senate for consideration in the House. We passed many reform measures focused on creating more transparency, accountability and trust with Washington’s voters, a never ending task in our efforts to make government more efficient.
It’s my honor to serve as your state senator and I look forward to these opportunities to keep you updated on what is going on in Olympia. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office, either by email or the good old fashion phone (I especially appreciate hand written notes – a lost art).