Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

In case you haven’t heard – the state has a budget problem

January 22, 2015

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

In case you haven’t heard – the state has a budget problem

In this week’s e-newsletter we are talking about the challenges and options for the 2015-2017 state budget. After you read through our thoughts, we would welcome your comments on how to create a balanced budget. Every two years, the Legislature writes the state budget. The budget pays for day-to-day expenses like teacher salaries, health care for low-income families, and state parks. While Washington is slowly recovering from the recession, revenue is not keeping up with the demand for state services. … Continue reading

Pass a bill in 8 simple steps.

January 21, 2015

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Pass a bill in 8 simple steps.

How to pass a bill in 8 simple* steps *as if it were that easy!Have you ever had an idea for a new law or wondered what it would take to change an existing law? The process is both simple and complex. The simple part—what you learned about in government class—is that each bill must: Be introduced Be heard in committee Be voted out of committee Be pulled to the floor Pass out of House or Senate Repeat steps 2-5 … Continue reading

Carbon Pollution Accountability Act a “huge piece of the puzzle”

January 16, 2015

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Carbon Pollution Accountability Act a “huge piece of the puzzle”

OLYMPIA – Bills introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) on Friday will require the state’s major polluters to pay for producing carbon pollution. “This bill is a huge piece of the puzzle,” Ranker said of SB 5283. “This not only addresses the need to protect our communities and children’s future, it also helps us meet our constitutional and moral obligation to Washington’s one million school kids and will help address the needs of our … Continue reading

Joe Fitzgibbon – Talking Transit

June 30, 2014

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Joe Fitzgibbon – Talking Transit

What would the 34th district look like if bus service suddenly vanished? Take a minute to imagine what changes our community would undergo. Seniors would no longer be able to get to medical appointments. Thousands more cars would be on the road each day, spewing carbon into the air and jamming up our streets. People who cannot afford to own a car would be stranded and unable to get to work or to local businesses. While the possibility of bus … Continue reading

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s statement on new EPA carbon reduction rules

June 4, 2014

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon’s statement on new EPA carbon reduction rules

“The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants 30 percent by 2030. It is the most ambitious effort by the Obama administration to address climate change and I applaud the President and the EPA for their hard work. This is a good first step towards a long-term transformation of our energy supply and consumption systems. Moving away from dirty sources of energy to clean renewables like solar and wind … 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.

2014 Legislative Update

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