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27th LD Update: Today’s Bicameral Traffic Safety Press Conference + Looking at New Airport Sites

Dear friends and neighbors, I had the honor of speaking at a bicameral traffic safety press conference this afternoon, where Gov. Jay Inslee was in attendance. Like other states in... READ MORE

27th District Legislative Update: The Work on Implementing Move Ahead Washington Begins

Dear friends and neighbors, We are back in person in Olympia for the 2023 Legislative Session and I am excited to get to work! During the 2022 Legislative Session I... READ MORE

27th District End-of-Session Newsletter

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You’re invited! We hope to see you at the virtual town hall on April 27

Dear neighbors, Please mark your calendars on Wednesday, April 27 for a virtual town hall! The event will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome to... READ MORE

House passes historic Move Ahead Washington transportation package

Olympia – On Tuesday, the Washington State House of Representatives passed Move Ahead WA, a transportation package that invests in a sustainable, inclusive future for Washington’s transportation sector. The 16-year,... READ MORE

Op-ed to the Tacoma News Tribune on Move Ahead Washington

Read the op-ed below or at this link. Our blueprint for a more prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive future—the future we deserve—begins with what we build today. Each of us has a... READ MORE

House Democrats announce removal of export fuel tax from 16-year package, Move Ahead Washington

OLYMPIA — Today, House Transportation Chair Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, proposed an amendment that would remove the export fuel tax from Move Ahead Washington, the $16-billion Democratic transportation package.  The... READ MORE

Op-ed to the Seattle Times on Move Ahead Washington

Read the op-ed below or at this link. Washington is on the horizon of a new day in transportation — one that pledges a brighter future for our environment and... READ MORE

Move Ahead Washington

Move Ahead WA is a transformational 16-year package that creates a sustainable, achievable future for our transportation sector. House Democrats hosted over 90 listening sessions to hear the top transportation priorities... READ MORE

Senate and House Transportation chairs introduce 16-year “Move Ahead Washington” funding proposal

OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, Senate and House Transportation Committee Chairs Sen. Marko Liias, D – Everett, and Rep. Jake Fey, D – Tacoma, unveiled Senate Bills 5974 and 5975 and... READ MORE

Introducing Move Ahead WA, a transportation package for a new day in Washington

Dear neighbors,  With Sen. Marko Liias, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, I am proud to unveil Move Ahead Washington (House Bills 2118 and 2119), our transportation package that creates a brighter future for our environment and... READ MORE

Moving forward on transportation in 2022

Dear neighbors, This is an update about the challenges we’re tackling on transportation this year. I’ll try to keep you informed as the 2022 session of the Legislature progresses and... READ MORE

What the federal infrastructure law means for transportation in Washington state

Dear neighbors, The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide a historic investment in the nation’s infrastructure. That includes funding for roads, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transit, rail, airports,... READ MORE

Investing in mass transit is smart policy and smart economics

We all rely on the state’s transportation network to get where we need to go–and to get goods to market. This week, I want to talk about mass transit. I’ve... READ MORE

Statement from Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) on the resignation of Sen. Jeannie Darneille

“I have had the pleasure of serving as Sen. Jeannie Darneille’s seatmate since I became a representative nearly nine years ago. As a new legislator, she supported me with grace... READ MORE

An Update on Changes to Insurance Rates

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) recently issued an emergency rule preventing credit scores from being used to determine insurance premiums. This might mean a change in your insurance rates,... READ MORE

A chat in the park

We had the pleasure of a good conversation at Stewart Park during the last park chat on Saturday, July 17. Among the issues discussed by people attending: transportation and traffic... READ MORE

Major victories on transportation and the environment–along with a new law banning private prisons

Dear neighbors, This was an unusual year–the first remote session in state history–in challenging times. I’m happy to report that it was also quite productive, and I’d like to tell... READ MORE

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 27th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall on May 4

WHAT: 27th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall with Speaker Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jake Fey, and Sen. Jeannie Darneille WHEN: Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 pm WHY: For 27th Legislative District... READ MORE

Fey: Transportation budget invests in equity and sustainability

OLYMPIA—The new $11.8 billion transportation budget will continue to fund major work that was under threat last year because of financial pressures from the covid pandemic and an initiative that caused... READ MORE

House passes transportation budget that builds for a more sustainable and equitable future

OLYMPIA—On Friday, April 2, the House of Representatives passed a new two-year transportation budget in an 87 to 11 vote.  “This transportation budget will create jobs throughout the state,” said House Transportation Chair Jake Fey (D-Tacoma). “We... READ MORE

Listening and leading on transportation

Dear neighbors, The end of the 2021 session is scheduled for April 26, so we are in the home stretch and legislation is moving fast. Both the House and Senate... READ MORE

Two-year transportation budget proposal saved by federal stimulus funding

OLYMPIA—“Last year, transportation was in a terrible fiscal position due to revenue losses from the COVID pandemic, the pending I-976 case, and the need to fund fish passages,” said House... READ MORE

Help for working families, updates on my legislation, banning private prisons, and restoring voting rights

Dear neighbors,  We are about two-thirds of the way through the 2021 session and there is a lot of news to report.  The House is now considering 200 bills passed... READ MORE

27th District Virtual Town Hall: Wednesday, March 10 from 5:30-6:30 pm

Friends and neighbors, Next Wednesday, March 10 from 5:30-6:30 pm, I’m going live with Speaker Laurie Jinkins and Sen. Jeannie Darneille for a virtual town hall. Join us to hear about... READ MORE

What’s happening with legislation and the House transportation proposal

Dear neighbors,  Things are moving fast here in the House of Representatives, so I wanted to give you an update about what I’m working on. This e-newsletter includes quick notes... READ MORE

House Democrats unveil $26 billion transportation package 

OLYMPIA—Democratic lawmakers held nearly 90 listening sessions across the state about transportation needs before developing a proposal that would invest $26 billion in transportation over the next 16 years.  “Our... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press conference on House transportation package at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19

WHO: Transportation Chair Jake Fey and members of the House Transportation Committee WHAT: Press conference on a proposed House transportation package WHEN: Noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19 WHERE: This is... READ MORE

Our final update for now, and resources going forward

Dear friends and neighbors, By staying home and practicing social distancing, we slowed the spread of COVID-19 in our state. Last week, the governor announced a four-phased approach to reopening.... READ MORE

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More steps forward in reopening our state

Dear friends and neighbors, Thank you to everyone who participated in our telephone town hall. It was so nice to hear your voices and to have a dialogue about how to... READ MORE

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Safely reopening our economy

Dear friends and neighbors, On Tuesday evening, several thousand of you joined us for a telephone town hall – thank you! Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman and Tacoma-Pierce... READ MORE

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Legislative update–and a personal invitation to our telephone town hall next week

Dear friends and neighbors, Thank you for staying home and staying healthy during this pandemic. We know many of you have questions about what’s happening, and what’s next when it... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Jinkins and Fey hosting telephone town hall for constituents during “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”

WHO: Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) and Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) of the 27th Legislative District, which covers most of the city of Tacoma as well as Ruston, Browns Point and Dash Point. Washington State Secretary... READ MORE

Help is on the way

Dear friends and neighbors, Before the end of the 2020 session, the COVID-19 pandemic was just hitting Washington state. We voted to spend $200 million to fight the virus. But... READ MORE

Fey: Moving forward on transportation during challenging times 

Governor signs new state transportation budget, House Bill 2322 by Rep. Jake Fey  OLYMPIA—During the 2020 session, the biggest challenge to budget writers in the House and Senate was finding... READ MORE

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Unity and resiliency: Protecting our community from COVID-19

Dear friends and neighbors, Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington. Since then, he has implemented a series of... READ MORE

Senate, House announce transportation budget that addresses I-976 funding crisis, restarts stuck projects 

The Senate and House on Wednesday announced agreement on the 2020 supplemental transportation budget. Normally a document used to make minor tweaks and updates to the statewide transportation needs, this version of the supplemental... READ MORE

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update – Pierce County

Dear friends and neighbors, We want to help pass along the information that Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has shared with the public regarding COVID-19 or Coronavirus. First, the response to... READ MORE

Transportation budget protects vulnerable, restarts paused projects

OLYMPIA—The budget proposed by House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) addresses the $453 million shortfall in revenue caused by the passage of Initiative 976. “We are committed to... READ MORE

Legislative update: Transportation, other big issues–and the first female Speaker of the House!

We’ve begun the 2020 legislative session and are already working on major issues. Here’s a quick look at some of the biggest challenges I’m taking on this year. Transportation The... READ MORE

Statement by House Transportation Chair Jake Fey on the governor’s transportation budget proposal

How do we cut $454 million in transportation spending without harming vital services? That’s the question Gov. Inslee’s transportation proposal tries to answer in the aftermath of Initiative 976. I appreciate... READ MORE

Cuts and delays due to Initiative 976

The passage of Initiative 976, regarding car tabs, means some of these projects and services in the state’s transportation budget will be cut. How big are the cuts? We know... READ MORE

Legislative update: Better public schools and making college affordable for everyone

Our public schools, colleges and universities are a key reason why Washington state has the best economy in the nation today. This session, we made important investments in education along... READ MORE

Legislative update: Affordable housing and protecting renters

Housing is a fundamental, kitchen-table issue that affects all of our families. The rapid changes in our housing market are also causing ripple effects throughout Tacoma, Pierce County and the... READ MORE

Legislative update: Clean energy, a cleaner environment – and hearing directly from you

Dear neighbors, Those of us who care about protecting the environment have many reasons to be happy about the 2019 legislative session. This was the most productive session in decades... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: 27th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall on July 2

MEDIA ADVISORY: 27th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall on July 2 WHO: Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins and Rep. Jake Fey (all D-Tacoma) WHAT: One-hour telephone town hall WHEN: Tuesday, July 2... READ MORE

E-news update from Rep. Jake Fey: major progress on transportation and a state budget that puts people first

I’m happy to report that the 2019 session finished on time, with major progress on transportation, mental health, higher education, housing and the environment. This week, I’d like to tell... READ MORE

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Fey: 2019 session marked by significant progress on transportation

OLYMPIA–The 2019 session finished on time with a new transportation budget (House Bill 1160) along with other key reforms to modernize and improve the state’s transportation system. “I was proud... READ MORE

Fey unveils $9.9 billion House transportation budget

Proposal adapts to growing population and changing technology OLYMPIA—The House of Representatives released its Transportation Budget proposal for 2019-20, a nearly $10 billion budget that invests in new ferries, a... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: 27th Legislative District town hall meeting on March 23

Who: Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey, and Sen. Jeannie Darneille When: Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Where: Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma Why: The... READ MORE

E-news update from Rep. Jake Fey: Major legislation passes the House, town hall meeting this Saturday

Major legislation I wrote that passed the House The House passed five bills that I wrote so far this year. Here’s the rundown on two large pieces of legislation along... READ MORE

E-news update from Rep. Jake Fey: Legislation that’s important to the 27th District

What’s happening in the House of Representatives We are about one-third of the way through the 105-day legislative session for 2019, and I’m proud of the work we’re doing on... READ MORE

Fey introduces bold Green Transportation package

OLYMPIA—How can Washington state lead the way when it comes to new technology and ideas for a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system? That vision is the focus of House Bill... READ MORE

E-news update from Rep. Jake Fey: delivery robots, use of deadly force and tobacco addiction

A better, cleaner and cheaper way to get deliveries Today, even a small package that’s delivered to your home probably arrives in a large, diesel-powered truck. Pizza and groceries might... READ MORE

Rep. Fey, new chair of Transportation, says solutions will require creativity and cooperation

OLYMPIA—How will our highways, ferries, trains and buses handle the skyrocketing population and economic growth of Washington state? That’s the issue facing Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma), the newly elected chair... READ MORE

Legislative update on transportation

A better transportation system for all of us Thank you for the privilege of serving as your representative. It’s an honor. A big part of my job is listening to... READ MORE

Legislative update on protecting our environment

Protecting our environment It can take years to develop and pass major reforms. That’s true when it comes to protecting our environment—but I believe those efforts are worth it, because... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Town hall meeting with 27th Legislative District lawmakers

  Who: Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jake Fey, and Sen. Jeannie Darneille, the legislators from the 27th Legislative District representing part of Pierce County, including Tacoma, Ruston, Browns Point and... READ MORE

Tacoma legislators commend Point Ruston resolution

OLYMPIA – Three Tacoma legislators are commending the resolution of the years-long Point Ruston development dispute following the approval of an interlocal agreement forged between the cities of Tacoma and... READ MORE

Video Update from Rep. Fey – Halfway there!

Dear Friends & Nieghbors, We are halfway through this year’s short legislative session. While many bills will not make it past the important cutoff points, several of my priority pieces... READ MORE

Media Advisory: 27th Legislative District town hall meeting on March 11

Who: State Sen. Jeannie Darneille, State Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey What: Legislative Town Hall Meeting When: Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Where: The Evergreen State... READ MORE

Legislative Update from Rep. Jake Fey on education and homeless youth

Urgent action needed on school funding! The House of Representatives voted on its first bill of the 2017 Legislative session today – HB 1059. You may have heard this referred... READ MORE

House Passes Compromise Supplemental Transportation Budget

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 House Passes Compromise Supplemental Transportation Budget New investments in maintenance, I-405, and State Patrol officers OLYMPIA – With a bipartisan 86-10 vote, the House of Representatives... READ MORE

Senate Approves Rep. Fey Legislation to Help Homeless Students

Friday, March 4, 2016 Senate Approves Rep. Fey Legislation to Help Homeless Students OLYMPIA – Legislation sponsored by Representative Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) to help combat student homelessness by providing additional... READ MORE

House Approves Rep. Fey’s State Patrol Bill

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 House Approves Rep. Fey’s State Patrol Bill Strong bipartisan support for officer recruitment and retention OLYMPIA – With a 85-12 vote, the House of Representatives passed... READ MORE

Video Update from Rep. Fey: More than Halfway through Session!

Dear Friends, We are more than halfway through this year’s short legislative session. While many bills did not make it past the important cutoff points, several of my priority pieces... READ MORE

House Unveils Supplemental Transportation Budget

House Democrats have released their $8.6 billion 2016 supplemental transportation budget, which makes several adjustments and new investments in Washington’s transportation system. “This budget will help provide congestion relief and... READ MORE

27th LD Lawmakers urge thorough examination of Tacoma methanol plant

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, and Rep. Jake Fey have asked the City of Tacoma to broaden the scope of its environmental review process for Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed... READ MORE

House Passes Rep. Fey Bill to Help Homeless Students

In a bipartisan 68-28 vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation by Representative Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) to help equip schools and communities with the tools they need to combat youth... READ MORE

Video Update from Rep. Fey: Washington State Patrol

Dear Friends, The 2016 Legislative Session is halfway over! While I continue to work on big issues such as education and transportation, I want to share an update about another... READ MORE

Video Update from Rep. Fey: Education & Homelessness

There are some big issues in the legislature this session, but none so important as education. Click the video below to learn more about what I’m working on in Olympia,... READ MORE

Legislation to Help Homeless Students Heard in the House

The House Appropriations Committee heard legislation from Representative Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) to help equip schools and students with the tools they need to combat youth homelessness. The hearing was packed... READ MORE

27th District End of Session Newsletter

In this newsletter: Welcome Letter A Budget for Washington Prioritizing Our Students: Early Learning to Higher Education Updates to Mental Health Policy and Funding Investing in Transportation Building a Better... READ MORE

Legislative Update from Rep. Fey – Special Session

Keeping our Promises in Transportation Much of the focus during special session has been on the difficult negotiations over the operating budget. However, I have good news to report on... READ MORE

House Passes Biennial Transportation Budget

With a bipartisan 74-20 vote, the House of Representatives passed a 2015-17 transportation budget that has been agreed to by the Senate. The maintenance level budget continues the work already... READ MORE

Rep. Fey Video Update 4-23-15

Please take a few minutes to watch my latest video update, where I discuss the House transportation revenue package and how it will benefit the South Puget Sound region.

House Releases Updated Transportation Revenue Package

House Democrats have released a new plan for transportation revenue and investment, making a handful of changes to the proposal they passed two years ago and setting up a new... READ MORE

Legislative Update from Rep. Fey – Comparing Budgets

With budget negotiations set to begin, I want to share with you the reasons why I think our approach in the House of Representatives is better for the 27th District... READ MORE

House Passes Maintenance Transportation Budget

With a bipartisan 78-19 vote, the House of Representatives passed a no new taxes transportation budget that continues the work already in progress on projects across the state. “This budget... READ MORE

Legislative Update from Rep. Fey – Budget Week

After years of budget cuts and tough economic times, I am very pleased to be able to support the budget proposed by the House Democrats today which aligns with our... READ MORE

Legislative Update from Rep. Fey

Closing the Opportunity Gap The state is under both a self-imposed and court mandate to fully fund basic education. My colleagues and I are making significant progress on that front.... READ MORE

Rep. Fey Video Update: 3-19-15

Please take a few minutes to watch my latest video update, where I  discuss the important transportation bills and budget priorities being debated in Olympia.

Legislative Update from Rep. Fey

Surplus or deficit: Which is it? Although the state operating budget is nearly 500 pages long, it’s not a very complex document. We make future spending decisions based on the... READ MORE

Rep. Fey Video Update: 2-25-15

Legislative Update Please take a few minutes to watch my latest video update, where I  discusses important deadlines, legislative batting averages, and helping homeless youth.

Legislative Update from Rep. Fey

Helping our Homeless Youth This session I am working on legislation that will address a growing problem in Tacoma and across our state: how to better serve young homeless children.... READ MORE

Listen to the 27th District Telephone Town Hall

On February 5th, Reps Jinkins & Fey along with Sen. Jeannie Darnielle hosted a telephone town hall. Under the format, thousands of constituents received phone calls and were invited to... READ MORE

Legislative Update from Representative Fey

Video Update Interested in a quick summary of  the big issues we’re working on this session? Click the video below to learn more. First bills of the session In true... READ MORE

Strong Support for Mass Transit Expansion in House Hearing

Legislation to expand regional transit service in the Puget Sound received positive support from local elected officials and members of the community at a hearing of the House Transportation Committee... READ MORE

ADVISORY: Work Session and Hearing on Sound Transit 3 Legislation

January 28, 2015 MEDIA ADVISORY Who: State Representative Jake Fey (D-Tacoma); Sound Transit Chair Dow Constantine (King County Executive); Sound Transit Vice Chair Marilyn Strickland (Tacoma Mayor); Sound Transit Vice... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Week 1

The State Budget Every two years the Legislature writes the state operating budget. This budget pays for day-to-day expenses like teacher salaries, health care for low-income families, and prisons. You... READ MORE

Election-year restrictions are in effect

Thank you for visiting my website. As you may know, this is an election year and we are required to follow legislative ethics rules to ensure state resources are not... READ MORE

Legislative Update – 2/20/2014

Tuesday marked the House of Origin cut-off, which means that bills originating in the Senate must be passed to the House and vice versa. Otherwise they are dead for this... READ MORE

Reps. Jinkins and Fey Hosting February 22nd Town Hall

27th District Legislators Senator Jeannie Darneille, Representative Laurie Jinkins and Representative Jake Fey will give a mid-legislative session update and answer questions from constituents on issues important to them. Here... READ MORE

Legislative Update

Our busy third week of session ended on a particularly high note – we recognized the men and women of Washington’s National Guard in both the House and Senate Friday.... READ MORE

Legislative Update – 1/21/2014

Priorities for 2014 The New Year brought with it new committee assignments, and I am excited to get to work. In addition to the House Transportation Committee and House Environment... READ MORE

Town hall, veterans, and health insurance

Joint Town Hall: Filled to Capacity Over the weekend, Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, and I hosted a joint town hall meeting at Jason Lee Middle School. The local... READ MORE

27th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins & Rep. Jake Fey Request the honor of your attendance  Please join us Wednesday night, April 10, for a telephone-conversation on issues we’re tackling... READ MORE

Budget and Health Care: Legislative Update

Thursday, Governor Inslee released his proposal for the 2013-15 operating budget. We expect that the Senate will follow with their own plan early next week, and the House will roll... READ MORE

Session update: In to April — and well on to sine die

We’re down to the final four weeks (“April madness,” if you will) in the 2013 legislative session. The light at the end of the tunnel is the midnight, April 28,... READ MORE

Fey to help lead transportation planning on key steering committee

Changes are looming in Washington’s transportation system, including the ways Washingtonians pay the tab for it. A Tacoma lawmaker is joining a crucial panel charged with keeping a close eye... READ MORE

Town hall update, I-1053 ruling & sequestration

27th Legislative District Delegation Town Hall Please make sure to save the date for a joint town hall hosted by Senator Jeannie Darneille, Representative Laurie Jinkins, and myself. We’ll be... READ MORE

27th District Town Hall

Please join your 27th Legislative District Delegation   Senator Jeannie Darneille Representative Laurie Jinkins Representative Jake Fey   for the 2013 Town Hall Meeting   get an update on the... READ MORE

Statement by Rep. Jake Fey on the Connecting Washington 2013 transportation package

The “Connecting Washington” transportation package, advanced by transportation leaders in the House Democratic Caucus, was rolled out today (Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013). The package would fund nearly $10 billion in... READ MORE

Rep. Clibborn, Supporters Unveil Transportation Package

Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) and members of the committee rolled out the details of the Connecting Washington transportation package, which would fund nearly $10 billion in transportation... READ MORE

Rep. Jake Fey joins governor and mayor in “Rededication” of Murray Morgan Bridge

State Rep. Jake Fey joined Gov. Jay Inslee, former State Rep. Dennis Flannigan, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and several other local and federal officials in a “Rededication Ceremony” for Tacoma’s... READ MORE

Let’s Get To Work!

Dear friends, Greetings from Olympia! I’m extremely honored to help represent our 27th Legislative District in the state capital. Last Tuesday, I had the privilege of being sworn in next... READ MORE

Class of 2013

House Democrats are pleased to welcome nine new members – and one familiar face – to the caucus. Below are excerpts from each of their biographies. Click on the links... READ MORE