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House passes transportation investment package

$16.1 billion investment will create jobs, reduce congestion OLYMPIA – The House of Representatives has passed a package of bills making significant new investments in Washington’s transportation system, following a deal reached between House and Senate negotiators. “House Democrats have been working for almost three years to pass a transportation package that will provide relief to commuters and help grow our economy,” said House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island). “With this legislation heading to the Governor’s desk, we are … Continue reading

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Washington State Legislators Celebrate SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality

In 2012, a bipartisan group of Washington legislators stood up for LGBTQ couples by voting “Yes” for marriage equality. Opponents sent the issue to a vote of the people, which Washington voters overwhelmingly approved. Today, Washington legislators and staff took to the steps of the capitol building to stand together, celebrate and thank the Supreme Court for its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that all couples are equal under the Constitution, securing marriage equality in all 50 … Continue reading

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Assessment reform approved by House of Representatives

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan bill to reduce the number of high-stakes standardized tests required for high school students was approved by the House of Representatives today by a vote of 87-7. HB 2214 sponsored by Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater), vice-chair of the House Education Committee, enhances local control of schools by cutting the number of required tests by more than half. The bill also places additional emphasis on students completing rigorous courses in their senior year to get them ready … Continue reading

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Home care workers deserve retirement option

Tens of thousands of home care workers in Washington who care for seniors and people with disabilities are getting older and facing the fact that they may never be able to retire. So these workers got together and through their union, they negotiated a fiscally responsible agreement with the Governor to fund a 23-cent/hour contribution toward their retirement. Home care workers are dedicated to helping others. They take care of our parents, our children, and even ourselves, and now as … Continue reading

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House budget fully funds basic education

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their 2015-17 operating budget plan on Friday – a budget that will add $3.2 billion in additional K-12 investments over the next two years compared to the 2013-15 budget. The HDC proposal is the first budget proposal on the table that puts the state in full compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, which mandates the state adequately fund basic education by 2018. “After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have … Continue reading

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