Dear friends and neighbors,
We have officially reached the half-way point of the 2022 legislative session. The cutoff for policy and fiscal bills to get out of their respective committees has passed, and now both the House and Senate are working hard to pass legislation over to the other chamber for consideration by next Tuesday, February 15th.
It’s a good time for a live check-in, so Sen. Trudeau, Rep. Fey and I will be hosting a virtual town hall for constituents of the 27th District on Tuesday, February 22nd, from 6-7 p.m.
There are several ways to tune in: the event will be livestreamed to my legislative Facebook page as well as Rep. Fey’s legislative Facebook page, to the House Democrats Facebook page, to the House Democrats Twitter feed, and to the House Democrats YouTube channel.
You can submit your questions ahead of time here: surveymonkey.com/r/27thDistrictTownHall
Questions can also be submitted live during the event by entering them in the comments section. We will try to get to as many of your questions as possible during the event.
Can’t make the live event? Submit your question anyway and you’ll be able to watch the event at your convenience on the platforms mentioned above.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you and answering your questions.
Move Ahead Washington transportation package reflects historic listening process, invests in a sustainable future for all
On Tuesday, Rep. Fey and his transportation team, together with their Senate counterparts, rolled out a transformational, 16-year transportation package for our state.
Called the Move Ahead Washington package, it reflects the concerns and priorities shared by communities in the 90+ listening sessions Rep. Fey – who chairs the House Transportation Committee – and his team held across the state.
This is truly a sustainable and achievable transportation future for Washington.
The priorities in the Move Ahead Washington package align well with the priorities House Democrats are focusing on this session:
- Preserving our state’s infrastructure (our roads, bridges, ferries, and sidewalks) aligns with our top-level focus on strengthening economic well-being, because we can’t move people and goods efficiently if our infrastructure isn’t well-maintained
- Expanding safe, accessible, affordable options to get around aligns with our top-level focus on serving Washington better, because Washingtonians deserve convenient, accessible transportation options
- Addressing the harm caused by past transportation policies aligns with our top-level focus on advancing racial equity and justice, because communities of color – along with low-income communities – have borne a disproportionate share of the harm of previous transportation policies
- Reducing carbon emissions aligns with our top-level focus on addressing the climate crisis, because investing in everything from zero-emissions ferry technology to bicycle and pedestrian grants to electric vehicle charging stations is meaningful action against climate change.
I’m excited about what Move Ahead Washington will do for our state, and I look forward to the conversation in both chambers and with the public about this proposal as it moves through the Legislature. Bring your questions to our town hall on the 22nd!
Thanks for reading. It’s an honor to represent you, and I look forward to taking your questions at our town hall. Hope you can join us.