Budget and education update As you may have heard in the news, the Legislature is currently in a special session to continue work toward a comprehensive solution for our public schools and to complete the state’s new two-year budget. While I believe we should have finished our work on time, any solution will require... Read More...
Join us May 4 over the phone Please join us for a one-hour telephone town-hall meeting on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30pm. The event will last one hour when callers can ask questions, participate in instant polls or simply listen in on the community conversation. Telephone town-hall meetings provide an incredible opportunity for increased public input and engagement. The phone-based... Read More...
In Person Town Hall Meeting WHAT: Update and Q&A on the 2017 legislative session. WHO: Senator Hans Zeiger and Representatives Melanie Stambaugh and Joyce McDonald. WHEN: Saturday, April 29, from 10-11 a.m. WHERE: Pierce College in Puyallup, College Center Building, Multi-Purpose Room A. Directions available here.   Read More...
Town Hall Meetings Whether you would like to join us in person or simply call in to a town-hall meeting, the next week will feature both options for 25th District residents. My colleagues in the House of Representatives and I are hosting an in-person town-hall meeting on Saturday, April 29th, at Pierce College... Read More...
Stronger protections against squatters approved by Legislature Washington homeowners will have stronger protections against squatters after legislation sponsored by Sen. Hans Zeiger today cleared the Washington State Legislature. Zeiger’s legislation, which now heads to the governor to be signed into law, gives law enforcement clear authority to evict squatters and bar them from returning to the property... Read More...
Car tabs too high? Here’s why Last year voters in the Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (aka. Sound Transit) approved a 25-year $54 billion transit package to expand light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. While the package passed overall, 56 percent of Pierce County voters soundly rejected the... Read More...
Investing in Pierce County The Senate released its capital budget this week, which pays for statewide infrastructure to maintain and construct public schools, higher education facilities, parks and other state and community assets. I was able to secure a $1.38 million grant for Wesley Homes Bradley Park to help provide better community residential and... Read More...
Senate budget highlights It should come as no surprise that the state’s top constitutional duty is public education. Our budget plan recognizes that much more than the legal necessity is our broader responsibility to provide all children with a high-quality education. By improving Washington’s public education system all students should be prepared to... Read More...
Education discussion on TVW Earlier this month I had the opportunity to appear on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” program to discuss the next steps for education this session. Inside Olympia is a weekly program during the legislative session that takes viewers in-depth on a variety of issues going on at the Capitol. Guests include a... Read More...
Education Funding Update Education funding and reforms continue to be the top issue this session. To this point, the Senate passed a comprehensive plan to fully fund and pay for the state’s public education system and implement key reforms to make it more equitable for students, teachers and taxpayers. Our colleagues in the... Read More...