Legislative update: The dream of a college degree

This session, we passed huge reforms when it comes to higher education. I’d like to tell you about three new laws that will make a big difference to families and... READ MORE

Legislative update from Rep. Steve Tharinger: Big steps forward on behavioral health

This was a historic session for behavioral health funding, with funding in the operating budget and capital budget that will help families here in the 24th District and across the... READ MORE

Legislative update from Rep. Tharinger: Better health care

I’m happy to report that this was a great session when it came improving health care. Nothing is more precious or irreplaceable than the good health of your family. Here is... READ MORE

House passes record-breaking construction budget

OLYMPIA—With a strong bipartisan vote of 94-0, the House of Representatives passed a state capital budget that will put tens of thousands of people to work building public schools, colleges,... READ MORE

Tharinger: House construction budget invests a record $2 billion for education

$1.1 billion to build public schools and $927 million for colleges and universities OLYMPIA—The state construction budget released by Capital Budget Chair Steve Tharinger (D-Port Townsend) invests heavily in public... READ MORE