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Bill to encourage voter registration advances

March 4, 2015

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Bill to encourage voter registration advances

OLYMPIA – This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1428 to encourage more people to register to vote by changing voter registration deadlines. The legislation would change the deadline for registering online or in-person to 11 days prior to the election. Additionally, registrations sent by mail could be submitted up to 28 days before an election. “Every person should have a voice in democracy. Making sure your registration is up-to-date is critical to being heard,” said prime sponsor … Continue reading

The Cost of a College Degree

February 26, 2015

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

You may have heard stories from your grandparents about how they used to walk 15 miles in the snow—uphill both ways—to get to school. (Eileen remembers these long treks herself!) These days, that’s easier than overcoming the barriers to a solid education for the youngest generation of high school graduates. In a 21st century economy having a college degree is more important than ever, but getting one can take a lot longer than four years and result in crippling debt … Continue reading

Funding our kids first

February 25, 2015

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Funding our kids first

Why we must fund KIDS first   Last week we told you about a little boy named Theo who will grow up in a world shaped by climate change. This week we turn to Emma, a young girl whose struggle with poverty threatens to get in the way of her education. It is 4:30 in the morning. The sun isn’t even up but Emma’s mom has already turned on the light and pulled off her covers.  Emma wishes she could get a … Continue reading

Delaying action on climate change is not an option

February 12, 2015

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Delaying action on climate change is not an option

Let us tell you about a boy named Theo. Theo was born in 2014, the hottest year on record since accurate record-keeping began. In a world shaped by climate change, Theo’s future depends on the decisions we make today. There is consensus within the scientific community that climate change is happening and  that it is being caused by emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Humans are causing this problem, and we can choose to be part of the … Continue reading

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s statement on HB 1314; a measure to combat the harmful damage of global warming

February 10, 2015

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s statement on HB 1314; a measure to combat the harmful damage of global warming

“Running away from tough problems only makes them worse. In Washington, we confront problems, we don’t run from them. The negative economic impacts of climate change are here and we must respond. The oysters of Willapa Bay, the thousands of acres scorched by wildfire exacerbated by unprecedented droughts, and the sharp rise in dangerous, unpredictable weather are signs that climate change is already harming Washington’s economy. Washington doesn’t have abundant fossil fuel reserves. However we are blessed with abundant farmland, … Continue reading

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Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon discusses environmental protection laws, tax loopholes, expanding voter access, and transportation in this week’s legislative update.

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