On The Issues
It is imperative that we have leaders who will stand up for us on the issues that matter most to our communities. Whether that means fighting for more school or transportation funding or working to provide safe and clean communities, we need advocates who can work across the aisle to get results.
In the Legislature, I have worked hard to represent the families of this district and all Washingtonians and will continue that work every day to build a stronger middle class.
To me, that requires that we:
Promote Strong, Safe Communities
I am proud to report that my Secure Medicine Take-Back Act was signed into law and Washington will be the first state in the nation to have drug manufacturers pay for the safe collection and disposal of unwanted and expired medication. This will help all of our communities combat the opioid crisis, reduce suicides, and prevent accidental poisonings. Here is some more information on the program.
Protect Our Highest Quality of Life
We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the country and we have an obligation to preserve the natural beauty of our region and champion policies and protections that ensure we are good stewards of our environment. In Olympia, I have worked tirelessly to reduce the impacts of oil transportation through our state and will continue to protect Puget Sound and our fragile Orca population.
We also led the nation in banning toxic chemicals (PFAS) from certain firefighting foams and food packaging. These known carcinogens have no place in our food or water supply. Here’s an article in the New York Times about our efforts to stand up to the Pruitt led EPA.
Fuel Our Local Economy and Create Jobs
Snohomish County is not only a great place to live, but a great place to do business. This session, I continued my work to provide funds for Washington business owners to replace outdated or leaking petroleum storage tanks. These pieces of legislation allow the state Petroleum Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) to provide grants and loans to replace these expensive upgrades, and will ensure businesses aren’t forced to close. I am also proud of legislation to support the success of our local distilleries.
In Olympia, I will continue to support legislation that invests in workforce development, worker retraining programs through local colleges and universities, and new apprenticeship programs so we can provide the skilled workforce that employers need. I will always be an ally of working families and will work to make the state a great place to do business.
Fully Fund Our Schools
While I believe we have met the Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund education, we still have work to do. Hungry or homeless children aren’t arriving to the classroom ready to learn and that’s why I proudly supported the Breakfast After The Bell Act and passed a bill ensuring all kids can access a good lunch without fear of public shaming.
We need to take a tough look at outdated tax loopholes for special interests and continue to find ways to make government more efficient and accountable to the people. We have a big job to do but you can be sure that I will always put our kids first and make sure that we step up to our obligations.
Invest in Needed Transportation Projects
Washington is one of the most trade dependent states in the country and local families know that we can no longer wait for a new investments in local roads and transit. Gridlock costs local businesses money every day. We need to invest in transit alternatives to afford local commuters greater options and investments in additional bicycle and pedestrian projects help keep our streets safe for our kids and ultimately reduce congestion. Investments in our transportation should not be a partisan issue. It has to do with our economic competitiveness as a region and will ensure that we can continue to attract new jobs to our region. You can be sure that I will be a voice for compromise and will work to find a bipartisan solution for local families.