Rep. Pat Sullivan

Operating budget agreement reached on time

March 13, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Operating budget agreement reached on time

Today’s statement from House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan on the 2014 operating budget agreement: “This is a very good supplemental budget that makes additional investments in our schools, provides a robust mental health package to help communities provide needed services, and repurposes funds to help struggling families in our state. “I am happy that all sides were able to come together in a productive way to reach agreement and finish our work on time.”

Washington priorities move through House

February 18, 2014

Rep. Pat Sullivan

The 2014 Legislative Session hit a major cut-off date today, and non-budgetary policy bills that didn’t pass the house of origin by 5:00 p.m. are dead for this year. Most major bills made the cut, however, says House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan. “We started the session with a list of priorities,” Sullivan said. “Many of those had passed the House with bipartisan support last session, only to die in the Senate – and they passed with bipartisan support again this … Continue reading

Rep. Pat Sullivan holding a Community Conversation Saturday

January 31, 2014

Rep. Pat Sullivan

Rep. Pat Sullivan holding a Community Conversation Saturday

Although K-12 education gets most of the media attention, our state’s higher education and early learning systems are also vitally important to the success of our kids — and, ultimately, of our state. I am holding a Community Conversation tomorrow to hear what you think the legislature should be doing around these important issues. Please join me this Saturday, February 1.  I will be in the Glacier Room at Green River Community College from 10:30 a.m. until noon.  The address … Continue reading

Higher education and early learning: the bookends to our K-12 system

January 31, 2014

Rep. Pat Sullivan

Higher education and early learning: the bookends to our K-12 system

Our public K-12 education system gets the lion’s share of attention from the media, the legislature, the state budget, and – these days, at least – the state Supreme Court. But there are two other education systems in our state that fill vital roles in our society and our economy: higher education and early learning. Ideally, these would fit seamlessly on either end of the K-12 system, providing our students with a smooth transition at each step. However, we know … Continue reading

Education: our paramount duty – and the key to our future

January 27, 2014

Rep. Pat Sullivan

Education: our paramount duty – and the key to our future

Educating Washington’s children is not just our state’s paramount duty, it’s the most important thing we can do for our state’s economy.  Equipping students with the skills they’ll need to qualify for the jobs of tomorrow is key to their success and our thriving future. Two years ago this month, the Washington State Supreme Court found the state has not met its constitutional duty to fully-fund basic education.  Known as the McCleary decision, this ruling has brought to the forefront … Continue reading

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