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20 07, 2017

Nelson: Senate GOP failure on Hirst and capital budget mar otherwise positive outcomes for Washington

July 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session:

“Almost without exception, the 2017 legislative session was a victory for Washington.

“There were major victories in terms of record investments in education, the establishment of the most progressive paid family leave program in the nation and a budget that protects the most vulnerable among us and invests in our state’s shared priorities.

“I had hoped we could end on a high note and pass a capital budget and a fix to the Hirst water issue. Unfortunately for every Washingtonian, Senate Republican leadership ensured neither issue would be resolved.

“Senate Republicans will defend the indefensible. They will continue to manufacture a narrative that links Hirst to the capital budget that simply doesn’t exist. The fact of the matter is this was a sloppy attempt at political hostage taking with no plan on what to do beyond the initial kidnapping.

“Senate Republican leadership – which is more of an oxymoron now than ever – bungled this from start to finish and the people of this state ended up without solutions to urgent problems throughout their communities. No capital budget, no Hirst solution, only excuses from Senate Republicans.”

19 07, 2017

Democrats, Republicans reach agreement on capital budget

July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, released the statement below following a four-corner agreement on a Capital Budget:

“On Tuesday afternoon, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate reached agreement on a full capital budget. This is great news for job creation, mental health improvements, environmental protection and investments in communities across our state.

“But perhaps most importantly, this agreement will invest more than $1 billion in school construction throughout Washington.

“We can vote on this bill tomorrow before the third special session ends.  I ask that the bill be brought up for a vote.  I suspect it will have unanimous or near unanimous support.  It is time to get to yes on all remaining issues and bring our work for 2017 to a close.”

19 07, 2017

Democrats, Republicans reach agreement on capital budget

July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, released this statement today following a four-corner agreement late Tuesday on a Capital Budget:

“On Tuesday afternoon, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate reached agreement on a full capital budget. This is great news for job creation, mental health improvements, environmental protection and investments in communities across our state.

“But perhaps most importantly, this agreement will invest more than $1 billion in school construction throughout Washington.

“We can vote on this bill tomorrow before the third special session ends. I ask that the bill be brought up for a vote.  I suspect it will have unanimous or near-unanimous support.  It is time to get to yes on all remaining issues and bring our work for 2017 to a close.”

6 07, 2017

Improving outcomes for children with new state Department of Children, Youth and Families

July 6th, 2017|Radio|

A new state agency with a focus on improving outcomes for at-risk children, youth and families was created Thursday. (TRT: 1:22) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

SCRIPT:

Sen. Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families and recommended updates to services for at-risk children and youth. On Thursday, with the signing of a bill, the new state Department of Children Youth and Families became a reality.

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma: (TRT: 16) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “This new department has so much potential for reinvigorating the real concept of who is our client here. We’re the State of Washington. Our client is the child. And, while we are providing services for that child, we’re going to be able to strengthen their family as well.”

The new agency will combine the services offered through the state Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration and the Department of Early Learning. By July of 2019, the new department will also include programs offered by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Office and the Office of Juvenile Justice.

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma: (TRT: 24) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “One of the real pivotal parts of the mission of this new department is that we will completely change our state from being a state government that responds to crisis in families, to a state that gets in front of those crises, and actually trains and helps parents learn to be self-sustaining with new skill sets, so they don’t find themselves in position where children are hurt.”

The new department will have a yearlong transition period as the logistics of combining these services are worked out.

In Olympia, Nicole Vukonich.

5 07, 2017

Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program signed into law

July 5th, 2017|Radio|

Washington’s workers will have paid family and medical leave beginning in 2020 thanks to legislation signed into law Wednesday. (TRT: :75) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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On Wednesday afternoon, the historic bill creating the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program was signed into law. Sen. Karen Keiser of Des Moines has worked to make this day a reality for more than a decade.

Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, TRT: (:21) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “All of the working families in Washington state will have economic security. When they have a new baby, or if they have a life event with a terrible accident, or with a spouse with a stroke, or any kind of health crisis that can come to anybody at any time. It is a wonderful day. It makes me cry!”

Beginning in 2020, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program will provide those who have worked at least 820 hours in the State of Washington up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a child or ailing family member, and up to 12 weeks for personal illnesses.  During their leave, workers may be granted up to 90 percent of their pay or up to $1,000 dollars per week. This new program is funded by employer and employee contributions, with the option of small businesses with less than 50 employees to opt out.

Washington state is the fifth state in the United States to adopt paid family and medical leave insurance programs and serves as a model for other states to follow.

In Olympia, Nicole Vukonich.