Zeiger: Senate budget invests in 167/Meridian interchange The state Senate released its supplemental transportation budget this week. It includes funding for design and engineering for a full single-point urban interchange at Meridian Avenue and Highway 167 in Puyallup as part of the plan to complete Highway 167 to I-5 and the Port of Tacoma. The Senate’s supplemental... Read More...
Letter from Olympia, week 6 Legislative update from Olympia Dear Neighbor, It has been a busy time here in Olympia as we have passed the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session. In addition to floor action that has sometimes carried into the night, I have enjoyed meeting with student leaders from the Future Business... Read More...
Senate passes Zeiger bill to screen students for dyslexia The state Senate today unanimously approved Sen. Hans Zeiger’s bill defining dyslexia as a learning disability and requiring early dyslexia screenings for elementary-school children. Senate Bill 6162 would direct the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine which screening tools meet the developmental and academic criteria to... Read More...
Letter from Olympia, week 4 Legislative update from Olympia Dear Neighbor, Thanks for your recent emails, letters, phone calls, and visits as the 2018 legislative session unfolds. In recent days I spent time with teachers, students, adult family home owners, nurses, home care workers, a brewer, a transit worker, City of Puyallup officials, labor advocates,... Read More...
Legislature passes capital budget with support from local legislators Legislators voted Thursday night to approve a $4 billion, two-year capital spending plan that includes funding for critical projects in the 25th Legislative District. “These projects are a win for our district,” said Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup. “We are making investments in our local environment, early childhood education and families... Read More...
Letter from Olympia, week 2 2018 Legislative Session Begins It has been a busy two weeks in Olympia since the 2018 legislative session began on Jan. 8. There have been a number of meetings, hearings and late-night floor votes in recent days, and I am happy to report that we have come to an agreement... Read More...
What’s the hold up? Some of you may be wondering if the budget is complete and we’ve passed our school funding and reform plan, why is the Legislature still in session? Last fall, a ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court made a significant change in how counties determine whether to issue building permits... Read More...
Making education a priority Funding for public education makes up more than 50% of the state budget for the first time since 1983, after dipping as low as 38% just over a decade ago. This is important as a significant part of the McCleary ruling highlighted that the state was not paying the full... Read More...
Landmark progress for students The Legislature passed historic new funding levels and reforms for Washington’s public schools at the end of June, which will have profound effects for our state’s students, teachers, parents and taxpayers for decades to come. In addition to providing a significant funding increase (which is detailed below), we also made... Read More...
Beyond the headlines: budget highlights I want to share a few of the important state budget investments that are on the way. $7.3 billion additional state funds for public education over the next four years. $105 million the next four years toward the State Need Grant, which provides financial assistance to low-income students attending college.... Read More...
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