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Big wins for Puget Sound area in capital budget

July 10, 2015

Reps. Reuven Carlyle & Gael Tarleton

Big wins for Puget Sound area in capital budget

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers approved the final piece of a $3.9 billion capital budget package today, $1.6 billion of which will be invested in education construction projects such as K-3 classrooms, STEM classrooms, skill centers, and higher education institutions. Washington’s mental health infrastructure will receive $100 million to improve care and treatment for people with mental illnesses. Another $100 million will go to housing projects such as construction of affordable housing and improvements in weatherization and community energy. “An important … Continue reading

Washington’s 2015 Legislative Marathon

July 4, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Washington’s 2015 Legislative Marathon

Dear Friends and Neighbors, It’s almost Independence Day and the final lap of the 2015 marathon in Olympia is around the corner. Governor Inslee signed the operating budget on June 30th that protects services for our most vulnerable people, ensures social security checks will be delivered, and keeps our state parks open for the July 4th holiday weekend. As you head off to parades, family BBQs, and the beach, I just want to thank you for your patience as we … Continue reading

Statement on the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

June 22, 2015

Rep. Cindy Ryu

The following is a joint statement from the Members of Color Caucus of Washington state in response to the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. “The Members of Color Caucus of Washington state express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims from Wednesday night’s shooting in Charleston, S.C. Our hearts grieve for the families of the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a State Senator in the South Carolina Legislature, and the other eight victims of this senseless tragedy. Although … Continue reading

This region can’t afford to view the ports through a local lens

June 15, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

This region can’t afford to view the ports through a local lens

Sarah Aitchison wrote a great piece on ports for the Puget Sound Business Journal last month. You can read it here: The ports get no love: As ILWU, PMA put to bed their bitter contract dispute, we look at the history of support for maritime Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island and I wrote a letter to the editor in response. It was published last weekend. Thank you for highlighting the importance of the maritime industry to Washington’s economy (“Why … Continue reading

Innovative health care options for all

June 11, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law five years ago. Two years ago, Washington state initiated the Healthcare Exchange Authority to oversee the delivery of affordable, quality healthcare for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Washingtonians. In 2014 I sponsored HB 2351, which authorized the Seattle Center to team with Remote Area Medical to offer a free clinic for dental, vision, and mental health care to several thousand Washington residents last October. Now Washington state is leading the way … Continue reading

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Seattle’s Working Waterfront

The city of Seattle cherishes its connections to the water – it’s all around us. The state legislature created a taskforce on maritime and manufacturing industries, which I co-chair.

This bipartisan, bicameral group is exploring what we need to do to hold onto the jobs and industrial lands for our maritime and fishing companies. Protecting our waterfront will provide our communities with sustainable fisheries, a healthy environment and future economic opportunities we can depend on.

This is why I love our working waterfront:

This segment shows the working waterfront and what it means for the future of our children and the many jobs that are part of maritime and manufacturing sectors:

Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing Taskforce covers several core sectors including fishing and seafood processing, ship and boat building, maritime logistics, military security and federal operations support, passenger water transportation and tourism.

This link includes information on the Taskforce, upcoming public meetings and work sessions and the Final Work Plan, which maps out the work of the Taskforce.

Below is also a list of Economic Impact Studies for an in-depth look at varying sectors in the Maritime Industry and their tremendous contributions to our state’s economy:
Port of Seattle
Port of Tacoma
WA State Maritime Cluster Impact Study
City of Seattle Maritime Cluster
Commercial Fishing Industry

Additional Resources on the Working Waterfront and Maritime & Manufacturing Industries:
National Working Waterfront Network
Sea Grant Washington
Department of Commerce Maritime Industry