Honored to meet spinal research advocate Ricardo Lockette   Former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette stopped by the Legislature this week to share information about the research Seattle scientists are conducting to create a 3-D map of the spine. After his own spinal injury ended his football career, Ricardo dedicated himself to exceeding doctors’ expectations and to helping promote research... Read More...
Senate releases budget: More than 50% of budget spent on education Senate budget puts priority on education – protects vulnerable, taxpayers OLYMPIA – The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released a two-year operating budget proposal Tuesday that puts its emphasis on education and services for the state’s most vulnerable, while avoiding general tax increases. The Senate proposal boosts K-12 education funding by... Read More...
Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes Today the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes.   “If Sound Transit wants to tax people on a false vehicle value, we won’t be collecting... Read More...
We’re at the halfway point in the 2017 Legislative Session! At the halfway point of the legislative session We are now about halfway through the 2017 Legislative Session. We are approaching the March 8 cut-off to vote on bills that originated in the Senate. During the next phase of this session, we will resume committee meetings so we can hear... Read More...
How the Education Equality Act affects the 2nd Legislative District Under the Education Equality Act, which is our solution to the challenge of fully funding basic education in Washington, has a positive impact across all school districts in the 2nd Legislative District. Every district sees an increase in state spending per pupil and every district sees a reduction in their... Read More...
Becker bill to improve contracting diversity at UW passes Senate The Senate today passed legislation aimed at improving the University of Washington’s diversity in awarding its contracts for capital projects.   Senate Bill 5631, sponsored by Sen. Randi Becker, would make the contracting process more inclusive of women-owned and minority-owned businesses in projects where critical patient care or highly specialized... Read More...
Video Series: Legislative Update Every other week I publish a video update of how we are doing this 2017 Legislative Session. To watch the video, click here. You can find more of my video series on YouTube.   Read More...
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