Category Archives: Jake Fey
Closing the Opportunity Gap The state is under both a self-imposed and court mandate to fully fund basic education. My colleagues and I are making significant progress on that front. Ensuring all students receive an opportunity to learn is my highest priority. But full funding alone won’t get us to the finish line. Our state has structural barriers in our education system that leave many students of color behind. A fully funded education system that has these barriers in place … Continue reading
Please take a few minutes to watch my latest video update, where I discuss the important transportation bills and budget priorities being debated in Olympia.
Surplus or deficit: Which is it? Although the state operating budget is nearly 500 pages long, it’s not a very complex document. We make future spending decisions based on the amount of revenue we expect to collect over the next few years. If projected revenues are more than planned expenses, we have a budget surplus. If revenues are less than expenses, we have a budget deficit. We always have one or the other. It’s impossible to have both. Yet Republican … Continue reading
Legislative Update Please take a few minutes to watch my latest video update, where I discusses important deadlines, legislative batting averages, and helping homeless youth.
Helping our Homeless Youth This session I am working on legislation that will address a growing problem in Tacoma and across our state: how to better serve young homeless children. Unfortunately right now there is very little information about this demographic – and what we don’t know is hurting them. That is why I am sponsoring House Bill 1928, which direct the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to collect and report on the data that lawmakers need to develop … Continue reading