Rep. Reuven Carlyle

House capital budget makes important investments in Seattle communities

March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats

OLYMPIA – House Democrats released a capital budget on Friday that will make important investments in communities throughout Seattle. The following is a joint statement from Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton who represent the 36th Legislative District: “Today, the Washington House Democrats introduced a capital budget that will reinvest in the future of Washington. This plan includes invaluable school construction projects that will build a better Washington for our children. “We are proud to announce that this budget includes … Continue reading

House budget fully funds basic education

March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats

House budget fully funds basic education

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their 2015-17 operating budget plan on Friday – a budget that will add $3.2 billion in additional K-12 investments over the next two years compared to the 2013-15 budget. The HDC proposal is the first budget proposal on the table that puts the state in full compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, which mandates the state adequately fund basic education by 2018. “After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have … Continue reading

Outdated and Unfair — talking taxes in Washington

February 19, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Outdated and Unfair — talking taxes in Washington

USA Today recently reported that Washington had “by far the most regressive tax system nationwide.” Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D – Seattle) outlines Washington’s broken and regressive tax structure, and explains how Washington’s high reliance on a sales tax has placed an unfair tax burden on its poorest residents. According to the data in the USA Today story, the poorest 20% of Washington families pay nearly 17% of their income in state and local taxes, while the wealthiest 1% in Washington pay … Continue reading

Bipartisan group of lawmakers seeks to replace death penalty with life in prison without parole

January 26, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Bipartisan group of lawmakers seeks to replace death penalty with life in prison without parole

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced a bill today that would replace the death penalty in Washington state with a sentence of life in prison without parole. House Bill 1739, sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) and co-sponsored by Reps. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla), Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) and Chad Magendanz (R-Issaquah), would also require the convicted individual to work to pay restitution to victims and their families. “We realize this is a painfully difficult and profoundly serious public … Continue reading

Session begins, please take my survey

January 19, 2015

Rep. Reuven Carlyle

Session begins, please take my survey

Dear Friend, Welcome to the 2015 Legislative Session in Olympia! As a part-time citizen legislator I work hard to ensure that your voice in state government is heard. We all know that the wide range of important public policy issues facing our state this session is historic, and now more than ever it’s important to speak out. As chair of the tax-writing House Finance Committee I am working hard to improve our broken, unfair and economically inefficient tax structure. As … Continue reading

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