MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Hello Democrats and Happy Friday!
Even though it’s very early in the year and the cycle, I’m proud to report that we just completed a small but significant round of special elections statewide!
Notably, school levies appear likely to move forward in Marysville, Tri-Cities, Gig Harbor and several other districts across Washington State. Let’s take a moment to celebrate our schools getting the funding they need to thrive!
Thank you to everyone who turned out to vote statewide and spurred investment in their communities! Civic engagement and voting in local elections are the building blocks for our democracy! I’m glad voters are getting a taste of the Democratic process here at the start of the election cycle.
Let this be your reminder to stay informed, stay engaged and turn in each and every ballot that makes it to your mailbox over the next two years!
Rest assured, we are still working day and night here at the State Party to build the infrastructure we need to get out the Democratic vote statewide and make sure our terrific candidates win. Stay tuned for more updates about what we have in store!
WORKING FOR WASHINGTON
We also wanted to share some exciting policy developments happening down in Olympia:
The Senate passed SB 5082 – to finally repeal the insidious advisory votes passed by “anti tax crusader” and conservative gadfly Tim Eyman. Instead of advisory votes, the Senate-approved bill would require the creation of a public website with summaries of government spending and require statements be published online with information about legislation that impacts state revenue. Congratulations to Sen. Patty Kuderer who sponsored the bill – and our friends at Northwest Progressive Institute who have been working on this cause for years. The bill goes to the House for consideration next.
Efforts to make the wealthiest Washingtonians pay their fair share and fix our broken tax system are moving forward – with SB 5486 and HB 1473 both heading to the appropriate Senate and House committees for further consideration.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg – there is a ton of terrific legislation moving forward this session to improve gun safety, protect our environment, improve workers’ rights, and strengthen our education and healthcare systems to name just a few.
We are so proud of all that our powerful and diverse majorities in OIympia are doing to build an even better Washington. Please join us in thanking each and every one of our Democratic legislators!
DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS
When it comes to curing cancer, President Joe Biden is shifting that sentiment into full throttle. And one person is taking up the challenge.
Leaders in Congress and child care champions highlight Democrats’ critical investments in saving child care sector from collapse, underscore need for more progress as child care crisis worsens
U.S. Representative Kim Schrier (WA-08) is looking to strengthen Medicaid to boost health care access for children through a new House bill.
Several legislative bills are designed to beef up the Washington College Grant by extending the timeline or expanding money to provide further support for college students.
Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!
Chair Shasti Conrad Washington State Democratic Party
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