Rep. Laurie Dolan grew up in Spokane and is a lifelong Washington resident. In fact, her family has lived in Washington for generations, and her grandfather served as the first prosecuting attorney in Port Townsend before Washington became a state.  As a teacher and school director, Laurie spent her entire career tirelessly advocating for the needs of our children and our schools. Raised in a middle-class family, Laurie believes in making sure our economy helps working families.

Laurie earned her degree from the University of Washington and returned to Spokane in 1973 where she started teaching at Bancroft Elementary. At the time 97% of Bancroft Elementary students received free lunches. As a teacher, Laurie worked with children and families in poverty every day. In 1975, Laurie was asked to serve on the three-member bargaining team for the Spokane Teachers Association. New collective bargaining laws were in place, and Laurie helped her fellow teachers navigate difficult negotiations. In 1986 Laurie was hired as school director (like an assistant superintendent) for Spokane Public Schools. There she helped foster a cooperative working relationship between the teachers and management. In an effort to meet the needs of the school district, Laurie also administered alternative learning opportunities for Spokane students. In 2004, Laurie retired from education after 30 years helping children and families.

In 2005, Governor Gregoire hired Laurie as her policy director. Laurie worked with legislators, policy advisors, and advocates to improve the lives of Washingtonians. Since retiring in 2009, Laurie has served on the advisory board for Washington Aerospace Scholars’. Laurie and her husband, Art, traveled around the state encouraging Principals and Superintendents to enroll middle school students in the College Bound Scholars’ program.

In her first term, Rep. Dolan is looking forward to fighting for working families and helping find a solution to fully fund education. Rep. Dolan serves as Vice Chair of the Education and State Government Committees, as well as serving on the Finance Committee.


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    What we stand to lose

    by Rep. Laurie Dolan

    Unless the Senate votes, $4.17 billion in construction projects won’t happen

    The House of Representatives passed a state capital budget on a 92-1 vote. But unless the Republican-controlled Senate acts, Washington state won’t have a construction budget this year.

    That state construction budget (House Bill 1075) funds $4.17 billion in construction projects around the state. Those projects are vital to our schools, universities, parks, environment and economy.

    Here is what’s at stake:

    • 75,000 jobs in construction, engineering and natural resources
    • A record $1 billion to build new public schools, which would help satisfy the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision to fully fund our schools—you can’t hire new teachers without building new classrooms for our state’s 1.1 million school kids
    • $800 million in projects at our colleges and universities
    • Local construction projects in every corner of the state
    • Affordable housing funding when the housing crisis is reaching its peak
    • Projects to bring safe, clean water to communities throughout Washington

    Local projects

    Right here in the 22nd LD, we stand to lose millions for important projects that touch nearly everyone in our community.

    • Lacey Boys and Girls Club
    • Tumwater Boys and Girls Club
    • St. Peter Dental Residency program
    • LBA Woods acquisition
    • Capitol Theater roof replacement
    • Old Tumwater Brewhouse rehabilitation project

    That list is only the beginning. It doesn’t show school projects, for example, because those are funded in coordination with school districts.

    To see a map and description of local projects, click here and choose your county or legislative district.

    What’s next?

    Lawmakers are now in triple-overtime, the third special session. The House of Representatives has worked in an open, bipartisan fashion to write and pass a capital budget that puts a history making amount of funding into building schools.

    Failing to pass a construction budget at all would make history of a different sort. Unlike other states, Washington has always managed to pass all three budgets: operating, capital and transportation.

    We’ve passed the operating and transportation budgets. All that’s left to finishing our job is the Senate allowing a vote on the capital budget.

    And time is slipping away. This is the middle of the construction season and we needed to be building classrooms two months ago to make sure all of our kids have safe, warm classroom to learn in when school starts up again this September.

    If you care about this issue, please call the Legislative Hotline (800-562-6000) and ask your senator to vote for a capital budget that builds a better Washington for our kids.


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