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 bill to combat the state’s rising opioid and heroin abuse epidemic is headed to the Governor to be signed into law. In 2014 alone, there were 6,232,532 opioid prescriptions dispensed in the state. These rates call for all-hands-on-deck to fight this epidemic. This bill, which expands access to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), will have far-reaching health and safety benefits across Washington State.
Protect Our Highest Quality of Life
We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful communities in the country. 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 passed two important pieces of legislation to do just that. My bill to protect our threatened honeybee colonies and preserve pollen-rich food sources received almost unanimous support.
In addition, my paint stewardship bill will require paint producers to participate in a stewardship program approved by the Department of Ecology to manage the disposal of leftover paint. This simple step will ensure paint is disposed of responsibly rather than ending up in our landfills.
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 This session, my legislation to provide funds for Washington business owners to replace outdated or leaking petroleum storage tanks received unanimous support. The bill, which allows the state Petroleum Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) to provide grants and loans to replace these expensive upgrades, will ensure businesses aren’t forced out of business. I am also proud of legislation to support the success of our 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
The Supreme Court has made it clear: we are not meeting our constitutional obligation to our schools. On top of that voters have made it clear that they want the Legislature to fulfill its duty through the voter-approved initiatives to reduce class size and provide more competitive teacher pay. I will make school funding a priority in the legislature without sacrificing important programs that families depend on. Hungry or homeless children aren’t arriving to the classroom ready to learn. 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.