Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On Monday, Jan. 12, I was sworn in as your state representative. It was a humbling experience and I take the oath I made seriously.
I'll be serving on three committees in the House: Education; General Government and Information Technology (where I serve as the assistant ranking member); and Health Care and Wellness. These assignments will allow me to: ensure education is prioritized in our state budget; provide ideas for making government more efficient; and advance the care of vulnerable people in our state.
There are many challenges before the Legislature and we have just 105 days to accomplish our work as set forth by the state constitution. In odd years like 2015, we set the two-year operating budget, as well as a capital budget and a transportation budget. In addition, the Supreme Court has mandated we increase education funding as a result of a court case called McCleary and our constitutional obligation to “fully fund basic education.” We'll also be taking a look at mental health funding, something I believe is long overdue. A transportation package to fund projects throughout the state is also on the agenda. The governor has proposed several ideas for each of these challenges, and those will act as the start of discussions in the House and Senate.
It's my job to serve you – so I want to know what you think about these and other issues. Since November, I've met with about 100 constituents, stakeholders and employers from our district. It's been great talking with them about what's important to our district and solutions we can work on together to make our district and our state a better place.
Please always feel free to contact my office – or come visit me in Olympia! My contact information is below.
It's an honor to serve you!