It’s an honor to work for my friends and neighbors in the heart of Spokane. The 2019 legislative session in Olympia ended — on time — on April 28, and it resulted in a balanced two-year budget, history-making legislation, and vital support for people and projects in Spokane and throughout Washington state. I’m proud and grateful to have had a hand in this in my role as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, working with both Republican and Democratic members in the House and Senate, and with the Governor’s office, to draft the state’s operating budget.
The victories for the people are too numerous to list, but I want to mention a few here.
- Increased investments in special education
- Expanded early learning throughout the state, including $1 million for the early learning center in the South Perry neighborhood
- Full funding at last for the North Spokane Corridor
- The nation’s first long-term healthcare program to protect families from bankruptcy while they care for their loved ones as they age
- Tighter safety rules for oil trains passing through Spokane
- $175 million for the Housing Trust Fund to invest in affordable housing development
As I said, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We also made strong progress on public safety, behavioral healthcare, higher education, and a cleaner environment.
The 2020 session begins on January 13, and I’m looking forward to 60 days of hard work and an another successful session. In the meantime, I enjoy hearing from you, and I will respond quickly if you need information or have a legislative issue you’d like me to work on. Simply contact me with your requests and concerns and either I or my legislative aide will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also . . .
- Keep up with every bill introduced this session
- Sign up here for the Daily E-Clips
- Read the latest news from the House Democrats
- Listen to the Capitol Ideas podcast
Please stay in touch.