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2 03, 2015

Legislative town hall meetings coming up March 14

March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

OLYMPIA – As the legislative session hits the halfway mark, legislators are taking time to meet with their constituents across the state. Several town halls will take place on March 14 to offer people a chance to get an update on the 2015 session, ask questions and hear what lawmakers are working on in Olympia.

UPCOMING TOWN HALLS (Click here to download a list of town halls)

March 14

  • 1st District – Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, Reps. Derek Stanford and Luis Moscoso
    Where: Northshore Senior Center in the Wellness Center, 10212 East Riverside Drive, Bothell, WA 98011
    When: 10 a.m.. – noon
  • 3rd DistrictSen. Andy Billig, Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli
    Where: WSU-Spokane Riverpoint Campus, 600 North Riverpoint Blvd, Academic Center Auditorium, Rm #20, Spokane, WA 99202
    When: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 5th DistrictSen. Mark Mullet
    Where: Issaquah Fire Station 73, 1280 NE Park Dr., Issaquah, WA
    When: Noon – 1 p.m.
    Where: Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. SE., Snoqualmie, WA
    When: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Where: Tahoma School District Central Services Board Room, 25720 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE., Maple Valley, WA
    When: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 11th District – Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Reps. Zach Hudgins and Steve Bergquist
  • When: 1-3 p.m.
  • Where: King County Regional Communications & Emergency Coordination Center (RCECC) 3511 NE 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98056
  • 21st District – Sen. Marko Liias, Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson
    Where: Meadowdale High School, Great Hall, 6002 168th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037
    When: 10:30 a.m.- noon
  • 23rd District – Sen. Christine Rolfes, Reps. Sherry Appleton and Drew Hansen
    Where: Bainbridge Island City Council Chambers, 280 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    When: 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
    Where: The Jenne-Wright Administration Center, Central Kitsap School District, 9210 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383
    When: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • 27th District – Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Reps. Laurie Jenkins and Jake Fey
    Where: Evergreen State College – Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405
    When: 10 a.m.-Noon
  • 29th District – Sen. Steve Conway
    Where: Garfield Book Co. at Pacific Lutheran University, 208 Garfield Street South #101, Tacoma, WA 98444
    When: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 32nd District – Sen. Maralyn Chase and Rep. Cindy Ryu
    Where: Shoreline Fire Dept. 17525 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133
    When: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • 36th District – Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton
    Where: Phinney Neighborhood Association, community room, 6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
    When: 10 a.m. – noon
  • 37th District – Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Reps. Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew
  • Where: Rainier Valley Cultural Center—3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118
  • When: 9-11 a.m.
  • 38th District – Sen. John McCoy, Reps. Mike Sells and June Robinson
    Where: Everett Community Resource Center, 3900 Broadway Ave., Everett, Wa 98201
    When: 10-11 a.m.
  • 43rd District – Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw
    Where: Erickson Theater, 1524 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
    When: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 48th District – Sen. Cyrus Habib, Reps. Ross Hunter and Joan McBride
    Where: Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85Th St., Redmond, WA 98052
    When: 10 a.m.

UPCOMING TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS

March 11

  • 21st District – Sen. Marko Liias, Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson
    When: 6-7 p.m.

March 19

  • 49th District – Sen. Annette Cleveland, Reps. Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie
    When: 6-7 p.m.

March 25

  • 33rd District – Sen. Karen Keiser, Reps. Tina Orwall and Mia Gregerson
    When: 6-7 p.m.
2 03, 2015

Sen. Hobbs: Hold all taxes to the same standard

March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, on Monday challenged the constitutionality of the Senate Republican’s two-thirds procedural rule to create new taxes; a challenge which was upheld by the Lieutenant Governor. Hobbs explained his move in the statement below:

“While I’m no fan of taxes, in fact I think I’ve voted against them at almost every opportunity, I’m also not a fan of gridlock and political ideology taking precedent over responsible legislating and compromise.

“Our state is overly reliant on working families to shoulder the tax burden. When Republicans adopted the 2/3rds rule on the very first day of the 2015 session and applied it only to “new taxes” they ensured those same working families would continue to shoulder that burden.

“I think all taxes should be held to the same standard. What the two-thirds rule implies is that existing taxes Washingtonians currently pay – sales tax, property tax and taxes on small businesses – can be raised with a simple majority of Senators.

“But if the Senate were to create new taxes, say to help solve our K-12 funding crisis, then taxes paid for by those who can actually afford it would be held to a higher standard.

“I firmly believe taxes should be a last resort. But if taxes are going to be a part of the K-12 funding solution, isn’t it only fair to hold all taxes to the same standard?”