MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Hello Democrats and happy Friday!
I wanted to start today’s newsletter with a shout out to both the State House and Senate for putting forward budget proposals that truly work for the people of WA State! You can see more details on the proposed budget here, and more changes are expected before the Governor’s office signs it into law, but it looks like we can anticipate many transformative and positive investments, including:
- Hundreds of millions in proposed allocations for public schools – including massive expansion for special education budgets and free breakfast for students in need.
- Well deserved raises for state employees, with a focus on essential workers, like home care providers and employees of assisted living facilities – who tend to make less than other healthcare professionals and are more likely to be women of color.
- Increased investment in childcare, affordable housing, and clean energy projects – just to name a few!
Please join me in thanking our Democratic legislators for passing policy and building budgets rooted in a commitment to care for the people all throughout Washington State and to making their lives better. It’s a proud day to be a Washington Democrat and I look forward to providing a full accounting of our accomplishments when the legislative session wraps up next month!
In addition, I’m so excited to announce that I will be hitting the road on April 10th for a weeklong tour of Central and Eastern Washington. I’m so excited to connect with local Democrats from Yakima to Walla Walla, Pullman and everywhere in between! Because let’s face it, we can only reach our full potential as a State Party when we all come together to organize, build critical infrastructure, and elect Democrats everywhere in Washington!
We’re working hard to make sure I have the chance to connect with local parties all across Washington and I look forward to attending a meeting in your neck of the woods soon!
DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS
Democratic lawmakers will work with Gov. Jay Inslee’s office to negotiate a final agreement before the legislative session ends.
Governor Jay Inslee is in Moses lake Tuesday afternoon, speaking with leaders on various clean energy topics ranging from hydrogen-powered aircraft to the booming tech industry and new businesses coming to eastern Washington.
WA House Bill 1431, sponsored by Rep. Joe Timmons, provides sales tax relief for residents of senior living communities when it comes to meals.
With a strong governor, a Legislature passing a raft of liberal measures and a looming early presidential primary, Democrats are testing the promise and pitfalls of complete control of the state.
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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