Category Archives: Steve Tharinger

Rep. Tharinger Praises Budget that Expands Higher Education in Region

OLYMPIA – The final budget agreed by the Legislature today enacts major priorities in the district pushed by Representative Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) including a reduced tuition rate for statewide universities and community colleges, expanded degrees in engineering and in cybersecurity at Peninsula College, and expanded computer science education statewide. “In our region, these four-year degrees will help fill open jobs in electrical engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity,” said Rep. Tharinger. “I want to thank my colleagues in the House for … Continue reading

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The Reality of Life Conflicts with Budgeting Myths

We as Democrats are working hard during these budget negotiations to provide dependable funding for the basic needs of the state for today and the future.  Gimmicks, smoke and mirrors do not serve the long term needs of the people of our state. No one likes to pay taxes. As a legislator, if I could promise something for nothing and fund all the things we need as a state without new taxes, I would. But the reality is we need … Continue reading

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Legislative Update-Special Session Edition

The Special Session Begins   We started the special session this week with actually a fair amount of work getting done.  The major discussion around the biennial budget is still slow with not much progress but things are happening around the edges on marijuana revenue, nursing home rates and transportation. Yesterday, we had a robust presentation in the House Appropriations Committee on local and state school levy adjustments that was bicameral and bipartisan.  I would encourage you to watch the … Continue reading

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Long-term care and health focus of final legislation passage for Rep. Tharinger

OLYMPIA – Focusing on improving health care access and long term care planning for our aging generation, Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, sponsored legislation that addresses the health care system in our state. “Washington state is a leader in developing programs to let people age in place,” said Rep. Tharinger. “We need to address the issues around our aging population head on. Otherwise we’re going to have some very serious, long-term problems that are going to cost the state a lot … Continue reading

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Legislative Update — April Edition

The Budgets Are Out!   I have had very busy week in the Appropriations and Finance committees, both which I serve on, considering bills that affect our state budget.  I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on how the House and Senate budgets compare with each other. Sustainable responsible budget vs. one-time transfers and budget tricks   We have come a long way since the deep cuts the legislature made during the Great Recession. And we have a … Continue reading

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