Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It is good to be home! State lawmakers concluded their work just before midnight on April 28. With the conclusion of the 105-day legislative session, I've returned to the 12th District. While I was away, not a day went by that I did not reflect on what an honor it is to be your voice at our state capitol.
Citizen participation is the essence of good government. I'd like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who called, sent an email, or even made the trip to Olympia to visit me in-person. Your support and encouragement are invaluable!
12th District | Capital budget funding
As with every legislative session, there were successes and losses. Although the recently approved state operating budget included several tax increases—all of which I voted against—there is some good news. One of the bright spots includes the state's bipartisan capital budget, which provides funding for school construction, parks, low-income housing, water infrastructure, and other community-based projects.
As the assistant ranking member on the House Capital Budget Committee, I was a lead negotiator for the more than $4.9 billion spending plan. The 2019-21 biennial “brick and mortar” budget allocations are thoughtful, fiscally responsible and positions our state for continued growth and prosperity. It also makes several important investments in facilities around the state to help address our broken mental and behavioral health care system.
In addition—after several weeks of tough negotiations—I was able to secure more than $63 million in local area projects for the 12th District. Some highlights include:
- Wenatchee Valley Community College – $35 million;
- Wenatchee Landing – $4 million;
- Winthrop Library – $2 million;
- Twisp Civic Building – $1.2 million;
- Lake Chelan Community Center – $250,000;
- Leffler Park (Manson) – $265,000;
- Washington Wildlife Recreation projects – $4.3 million;
- Heritage Senior Housing – $52,000; and
- Historic Downtown Chelan Revitalization – $52,000
For a complete list of 12th District capital budget projects, click here and then select “12th Legislative District.”
Please remember, I work for you year-round. If you would like to meet with me to discuss the recent legislative session, share an idea or talk about concerns you have about state government, feel free to send me an email or give me a call.
I look forward to meeting with you!