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Kilduff: State budget invests in public schools, cuts college tuition

OLYMPIA—The new state budget puts a record amount of new funding into our public schools and cuts college tuition without raising new taxes. “This is a budget for the people, not the powerful,” said Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place). “It’s a budget for middle class moms and dads with kids in public schools, for teachers and state employees who’ve gone year after year without a raise and for every college student struggling to pay the astronomical price of tuition. And … Continue reading

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Gregory bill will put more qualified teachers in Washington classrooms

In the final hours of the final day of the final special session of 2015, Rep. Carol Gregory’s bill to expand Washington’s cohort of teachers with specialized skills cleared its final hurdle, passing out of the Senate with a solidly bipartisan 37-8 vote. Gregory (D-30th district, Federal Way), a former classroom teacher appointed to fill the House seat vacated by the death of Rep. Roger Freeman, knew coming in that one of the many problems in Washington’s public school system … Continue reading

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Statement from Rep. Carol Gregory on the operating budget

“I want to congratulate my colleagues in the Legislature, and Gov. Inslee, for producing a bipartisan, compromise budget that fulfills the state’s responsibilities in so many important areas without requiring a general tax increase. “The good things that this budget does for healthcare, for foster children, for persons with mental illness – and their families – are tremendous.  As a former educator, of course, I’m pleased to have been able to vote for a budget that includes the largest increase … Continue reading

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Joint Statement from Legislative Transportation Leaders on the Revenue Package Agreement

Monday, June 29, 2015 Joint Statement from Legislative Transportation Leaders on the Revenue Package Agreement Representative Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), Senators Curtis King (R-Yakima), Joe Fain (R-Auburn), and Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) have issued the following statement announcing the details of the transportation revenue package deal: “We are excited to unveil the details of a transportation revenue package agreement that will fund the infrastructure and services necessary to bring our transportation system into the 21st century. “These new investments will … 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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