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    E News: Help for Small Businesses & Workers Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

E News: Help for Small Businesses & Workers Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

Help for Small Businesses & Workers Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear friends and neighbors,

We all recognize that the COVID-19 crisis presents a historic challenge with profound implications for all Washingtonians and our communities.

In addition to the heartbreaking pain of so many lives lost across our country, the devastation to our economy will be far-reaching. To help combat that damage, I wanted to share information below about resources available to support small businesses in our community.

One of the most important measures from last week’s federal $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the Paycheck Protection Program. It helps non-profits and small businesses (including sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed persons) cover payroll, rent, mortgage and utility costs.

More details are available below, but I wanted to note that the program application window opens tomorrow, April 3, and that funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Millions are estimated to be eligible, so it’s important that Washingtonians apply as soon as possible to ensure that we receive our share of federal support before funds are gone.

If you’re a small business owner or a gig worker, please visit the Small Business Administration’s website, this Treasury Department fact-sheet and this FAQ to see if you’re eligible.

Please also review the list of additional supports below to see whether you qualify.

I’m deeply grateful at how we have come together under Gov. Inslee’s leadership to slow the spread of COVID-19. I’m also humbled by the efforts of our health care workers, first responders, grocery workers and delivery drivers, and everyone else putting themselves at risk on the frontlines.

This crisis will take a terrible toll, but we will pass through it and emerge stronger, in the same way we have weathered every past crisis – together as Washingtonians.

Please take care of yourselves and one another, and please stay safe.

Your partner in service,

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Resource pages

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

A $349 billion SBA-administered loan and loan forgiveness program intended to help organizations keep employees on payroll between now and the end of June 2020.

  • Payroll, rent, mortgage and utility costs may be covered for non-profits and small businesses (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed).
  • Loans up to $10 million (based on prior 8 weeks of average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount).
  • Payments on principal and interest are deferred for six months.
  • Loan forgiveness if the recipient keeps all employees on payroll for eight weeks.

Small Business Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program and Loan Advance

The program provides targeted, low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and non-profits. The CARES Act allocated $10 billion to provide $10,000 advances to applicants.

Small Business Debt Relief Program

The CARES Act included $17 billion for six months of loan forgiveness for non-profits and small businesses that currently have SBA 504 or 7(a) loans, as well as forgiveness for any similar loans approved, closed or funded before Sept. 27, 2020.

Small Business Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program 

Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 to bridge the gap while waiting for a decision and disbursement on a direct Economic Injury Disaster loan (above).

Taxes

  • Both the federal Internal Revenue Service and the Washington Department of Revenue are providing extensions on taxes and waivers of penalties.
  • King County has extended the first-half property tax deadline for individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay themselves, rather than through their lender, to June 1.
  • The City of Seattle is also delaying B&O taxes.

Washington State Department of Commerce Programs

Commerce will shortly launch an Emergency Grant Program to help small businesses pay rent or cover other costs until other assistance kicks in. Up to $5 million will be available in awards of up to $10,000. When active, information will be at this website. Subject to change, grantees are expected to be those in business one year or more and having 1-10 employees.

Washington State Employment Security Department Programs

  • Reduced hours: SharedWork, an alternative to layoffs, allows employers to reduce hours and let their employees collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.
  • Temporary shutdowns and layoffs: Employers who temporarily shut down and put their employees on standby (up to 12 weeks) can get relief of some benefit charges.

Local Government & Private Sector Efforts

April 2nd, 2020|E-News, Uncategorized|
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    E News: Important Information on Assistance Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

E News: Important Information on Assistance Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Important Information on Assistance Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Dear friends and neighbors,

It’s clear that the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, presents an unprecedented challenge. I am committed to doing my best to help you and your family get through this crisis.

That includes providing resources on measures to help people and businesses whose lives are disrupted. Below, you can find information on financial help available in Washington; how to file for unemployment or workers’ compensation benefits; help with paying utilities, rent and mortgages; issues with insurance; food assistance; and much more.

Washington is committed to a non-political, non-partisan and fully science-driven decision-making process. We are making decisions based on data, evidence and science-based information in order to protect the health and wellness of our residents.

We all recognize that this crisis presents a historic change in our normal routine with many implications. Our economy – as well as each one of us, personally – is likely to experience profound consequences.

Each generation faces its own unique challenges. This is our time to come together as a community. I invite and welcome your ideas, thoughts and suggestions, as constituents, on how we can more effectively do that to manage this crisis. I will share your suggestions as appropriate with our state’s front-line response team and other public and private sector officials.

Moreover, while government, business and community leadership is central to this response, every one of us holds the true power of action. We each have a public and moral obligation to care for ourselves and others by 1) avoiding gatherings and maintaining social distance, and 2) maintaining rigorous standards of hygiene.

You will literally save lives by following those guidelines.

Please take care of yourselves and one another, and please stay safe.

Your partner in service,

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Federal, state and local agencies have announced measures to help people and businesses whose lives are disrupted. You can find some of the most important measures below, as well as on the state’s Coronavirus Response website.

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Employee Assistance

If you are temporarily out of work, Washington’s Employment Security Department provides support services.

If you have lost your job due to coronavirus or have had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and you don’t receive paid sick time from work), apply for unemployment benefits.

If your job has brought you into direct contact with someone with coronavirus (e.g. you are a first responder or a health care worker) and you have become ill or are required to quarantine, file for workers’ compensation benefits.

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Consumer Resources

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for consumers impacted by coronavirus. This list will expand as more resources become available.

Health Care Coverage

If you are uninsured, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a special enrollment period through April 8. Call between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604.

Trouble Paying Rent or Mortgage

If you can’t pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:

Student Loan Deferment

If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the U.S. Department of Education.

Paying Utilities

If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.

Food Assistance

If you’re looking for help feeding yourself or your family, visit the Food Lifeline website to find a partner food bank, food pantry or hot meal program in your neighborhood. This food is free and available to you, even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.

Seattle Public Schools is serving lunch for all SPS students at certain locations from Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you’re currently enrolled in certain City of Seattle-supported child care programs or food assistance programs, you may be eligible for an $800 voucher to purchase food, cleaning supplies and other household goods.

Insurance Issues

Visit the website of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) for insurance-related resources and information for consumers. The OIC has required all insurance plans to cover coronavirus tests with no cost-sharing and no prior authorization requirement for anyone who meets the CDC criteria for testing. The OIC also has required insurance plans to allow enrollees to refill prescriptions early, one time, in order to maintain an adequate supply.

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Business Assistance

  • The federal Small Business Administration is providing low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with operating expenses
  • The Washington State Department of Revenue can provide extensions on taxes or waive penalties
  • For businesses in Seattle, the City of Seattle has delayed B&O taxes for small business and established a small business stabilization fund to provide grants of up to $10,000

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Additional Resources

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Legislative Response

Prior to adjourning our constitutional 60-day session, the Legislature took bipartisan action to pass HB 2965, dedicating $200 million to our state’s coronavirus response. The bill also:

  • Includes language to ensure people can receive unemployment insurance even if they can’t meet the work search requirement due to quarantine or isolation, and mitigates costs to businesses due to increased numbers of workers receiving unemployment insurance
  • Gives the State Board of Education flexibility to address graduation requirements for the class of 2020
  • Offers reimbursement to nursing homes that aid in coronavirus response

The Legislature also amended SB 6189, which clarifies eligibility for school employees’ benefits board coverage, to ensure that school employees can maintain health insurance eligibility for the remainder of the school year, even if they come up short of required work hours.

Additionally, the federal government has passed an $8.3 billion coronavirus response plan, although it remains to be seen how much of that money is destined for our state’s response efforts.

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Protect Your Health & Your Loved Ones

If someone you know has a fever and respiratory distress, they should call their doctor – not go to the clinic or hospital. Symptoms to watch for include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The best preparation is to prevent the spread of infection with simple yet effective actions:

  • Practice social distancing: stay away from gatherings and keep a distance of 6 feet – about one body length – away from other people
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow, sleeve or a tissue (not your hands)
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid hugs or handshakes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Use hand sanitizer when unable to wash your hands

If you have symptoms and do not have a doctor to call, you can call the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 206-477-3977 or the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 1-800-525-0127.

More resources are available at the website of the Washington Department of Health.

March 17th, 2020|E-News, Uncategorized|

Carlyle issues statement on Washington Privacy Act

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) issued the following statement today on Senate Bill 6281, the Washington Privacy Act.

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“In today’s era, consumer data privacy is the soul of economic, social and consumer value, and it goes to the core of our treasured constitutional rights and interests. With the federal government’s inability to move forward, state-level action is more important than ever, and I’ve long believed that Washington is the right place and this is the right time to craft comprehensive state-level legislation.

Following two historic, near-unanimous votes on proposals in the Senate this year and last, I’m deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to reach consensus with our colleagues in the House. The impasse remains a question of enforcement. As a tech entrepreneur who has worked in multiple startup companies, and in the absence of any compelling data suggesting otherwise, I continue to believe that strong attorney general enforcement to identify patterns of abuse among companies and industries is the most responsible policy and a more effective model than the House proposal to allow direct individual legal action against companies.

I’m incredibly proud that in today’s divided era we were able to generate overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation. I’m grateful for the work of my fellow Environment, Energy & Technology Committee members and colleagues on both sides of the aisle, particularly Sen. Ann Rivers, Sen. Manka Dhingra, Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Majority Leader Andy Billig. I also respect and appreciate the work of Rep. Zack Hudgins, Rep. Drew Hansen and Speaker Laurie Jinkins, despite our strong policy disagreements, and I offer my special thanks to Gov. Inslee for his strong support of consumer data privacy and our efforts to pass this bill.”

 

 

March 12th, 2020|News Release, Uncategorized|
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    Join your 36th District lawmakers to discuss the 2020 legislative session

Join your 36th District lawmakers to discuss the 2020 legislative session

OLYMPIA – Join your 36th Legislative District lawmakers for a “drop-in” town hall meeting as we enter the final weeks of the 2020 legislative session!

Your citizen legislature has been considering action on a variety of issues, including climate change and the environment, consumer data privacy, behavioral health, housing affordability, accountability and fairness in our state’s tax code, election security, juvenile justice and many other important issues that impact our community.

Constituents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on the Legislature’s work so far. No RSVP is required, but a comment on the event page letting us know you’re attending would be welcome.

Out of respect for the venue and to avoid paper waste, please refrain from bringing signs, flyers and other similar materials.

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Who: Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton and Rep. Noel Frame

What: “Drop-in” town hall meeting

When: Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Where: Lagunitas Seattle TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary, 1550 NW 49th Street

Why: Engage directly with your 36th District lawmakers as they enter the final weeks of the 2020 legislative session in Olympia

February 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Senate passes Carlyle’s Washington Privacy Act

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today overwhelmingly approved the Washington Privacy Act, one of the nation’s strongest consumer data privacy protection measures.

Based on global standards and best practices, the act strengthens consumer access and control over personal data held by companies and it regulates the use of facial recognition technology.

A bipartisan group of senators voted 46-1 in favor of Senate Bill 6281, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle).

“We’re so proud that Democrats and Republicans voted together to recognize that consumer privacy is essential and that data belongs to individuals,” said Carlyle, who chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. “This bill carefully, responsibly takes the best practices from Europe, California and other states to build a data privacy regulatory framework that will help set a standard and lead the nation in bringing our data privacy laws into the 21st century.”

The comprehensive act builds on central elements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and gives Washington residents meaningful tools to determine how their personal data is used and shared. That includes the right to know who is using consumers’ data and why, the right to correct inaccurate personal data, the right to delete certain personal data, and the right to opt out of the processing of data in key areas.

The act also requires companies to disclose data management policies in order to increase transparency and establishes limits on the commercial use of facial recognition technology.

An overview of the bill is available here.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Washington residents overwhelmingly favor efforts to defend data privacy. In a Crosscut Elway poll released in January, 84 percent of respondents said consumer protections for personal online data should be strengthened.

On Wednesday, the Washington, D.C.-based Future of Privacy Forum released a side-by-side comparison of the Washington Privacy Act with the CCPA – the only existing comprehensive consumer privacy law in the United States – and the GDPR.

The group concluded that, in the absence of a comprehensive federal law, “the Washington Privacy Act could serve as a useful regulatory model for other states and for Congress that improves upon the CCPA, provides rights to Washington residents, and helps companies build effective data protection programs.”

February 14th, 2020|News Release, Uncategorized|

Carlyle lauds passage of bill to support floating homes

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) today welcomed unanimous Senate passage of a bill that will help ensure the continued vitality of Seattle’s historic floating home community.

Senate Bill 6027 cuts red tape that hindered residents of floating, on-water residences – which, unlike houseboats, lack propulsion – from repairing or remodeling their homes.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), also ensures that floating home residents whose residence is on state-owned aquatic land do not face higher rents than residents of houseboats.

“Floating homes and houseboats are part of the heartbeat and the history of our district and city,” said Carlyle, who cosponsored the bill. “This important legislation gives people living in floating, on-water residences greater protection, as well as more certainty and clarity in dealing with regulators.”

The bill will now proceed to the House of Representatives.

February 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Washington Senate votes to eliminate death penalty

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today voted 28-18 on a bipartisan basis to eliminate the death penalty in Washington law and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release or parole.

Senate Bill 5339, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), makes Washington statute consistent with a 2018 decision in which the state Supreme Court invalidated the death penalty as unconstitutional after ruling it was administered in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.

The court based its conclusion on statistical evidence showing significant county-by-county variation in decisions to seek or impose the death penalty. The court noted that African-American defendants were four-and-a-half times more likely to receive a death sentence than white defendants in similar cases.

“For more than 10 years I have worked with colleagues to help build consensus that moving beyond the death penalty is in the best interest of the people of this state,” Carlyle said. “I’m deeply appreciative of the thoughtful and gracious conversation with the families of victims, and the recognition that this is a moral, policy, financial and community issue that requires deep reflection and a commitment to elevate the civic discourse.

“I’m honored to have sponsored this measure for many years because we as a civic society have moved beyond the death penalty. This legislation represents us taking a stand and taking the death penalty off the books. I’m honored the Senate has passed this for the third time in three years, bringing us in line with the position of the governor and the courts.”

The bill will now proceed to the House of Representatives.

Washington’s death penalty law, enacted in 1981, has not been enforced since 2014, when Gov. Jay Inslee placed a moratorium on state executions. Twenty other states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty, and gubernatorial moratoria are in place in four more states.

January 31st, 2020|News Release|
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    Bills on consumer data privacy, facial recognition introduced

Bills on consumer data privacy, facial recognition introduced

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of Washington state senators and representatives today unveiled a pair of bills strengthening consumer access and control over personal data and regulating the use of facial recognition technology.

Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) — sponsor of one of the bills, the Washington Privacy Act — told reporters gathered at a press conference that the lawmakers had reached “95 percent agreement in principle on the core elements of the bills.”

He was joined by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center), Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) and Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard).

Carlyle’s SB 6281 gives Washington residents the right to know who is using their personal data and why, the right to correct inaccurate data, the right to delete certain data, and the right to opt out of the processing of data in key areas.

The bill also requires steps companies must take to disclose data management policies in order to increase transparency and establishes limits on the commercial use of facial recognition technology.

A brief overview of the bill is available here.

Nguyen’s SB 6280 limits the ways government and law enforcement can use facial recognition technology.

A brief overview of the bill is available here.

Washington residents overwhelmingly favor efforts to defend data privacy. In a Crosscut Elway poll released last week, 84 percent of respondents said consumer protections for personal online data should be strengthened.

January 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|
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    36th Legislative District lawmakers to host town hall before the holidays

36th Legislative District lawmakers to host town hall before the holidays

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle and his fellow 36th Legislative District lawmakers will host a town hall meeting on Dec. 15 in advance of the 2020 legislative session.

Washington’s citizen Legislature will be considering action on a variety of issues, including climate change and the environment, consumer data privacy, behavioral health, housing affordability, accountability and fairness in our state’s tax code, election security, juvenile justice and many other important issues that impact communities.

Constituents are encouraged to attend and share their ideas. No RSVP is required.

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Who: Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton and Rep. Noel Frame

What: Town hall meeting

When: Sunday, Dec. 15, from 12 – 2 p.m.

Where: National Nordic Museum, Osberg Hall, 2655 NW Market Street

Why: Engage directly with your 36th District lawmakers as they prepare to represent you in the 2020 legislative session in Olympia

December 10th, 2019|News Release|

E News: 2019 Legislative Session Report

Dear friend,

We finished the 2019 Washington legislative session on time and I couldn’t be more excited about our progress advancing meaningful policies that elevate the quality of life of families, children and communities across our state. Here’s an overview of our work in Olympia.

Environment, Energy, and Technology

Your Legislature had one of its most productive and successful environmental years in decades. As chair of the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology (EET) Committee, I was proud to lead on issues of vital importance, including climate action, orca protection and data privacy.

100 percent Clean Energy – I sponsored the Washington Clean Transformation Act, a historic bill moving our electric utilities completely off coal by 2025 and to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2045. It ensures that we continue to lead in the worldwide movement away from fossil fuels toward a modern system using integrated wind, hydro and solar power. It’s also the centerpiece of a comprehensive carbon emission reduction package that I partnered with Gov. Inslee to craft, and it puts Washington on track to meet the Paris climate agreement goals.

Orca Protection – Only 75 Southern Resident orcas are left in the Salish Sea, the lowest number in decades. The Senate EET Committee led on bills to aid orca and Chinook salmon recovery by improving oil transportation safety, prohibiting the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products and protecting orca habitat in Puget Sound. The operating budget increases funding for orca recovery efforts by $31 million. The capital construction budget allocates another $585 million for projects to benefit salmon and orca recovery.

Data privacy – Washington is home to some of the world’s most prominent technology companies, but we fiercely value our right to privacy. My Washington Privacy Act would advance our leadership on this issue by bringing our state’s data privacy laws into the 21st Century. Taking best practices from Europe and California, it would give Washingtonians meaningful tools to determine how their personal data is generated, collected, stored and sold. It would also provide safeguards on the use of facial recognition by companies and law enforcement. The Senate passed the bill 46-1, but it House failed to bring it to a vote. I remain committed to passing this groundbreaking policy in 2020.

Repealing the Death Penalty

I have supported legislation to repeal the death penalty each of my 10 years in the Legislature, including Senate Bill 5339 this year. I was proud the Senate passed the bill, but disappointed that it didn’t receive a vote in the House. It’s time to join the global movement away from the death penalty and I’m confident the bill will pass next year.

Education Funding

I appreciate the substantive discussion on school funding this session. Following the McCleary case, our state continues to undergo an enormous transformation in how schools are funded, from a local-centric system to a state-centric one. This transition is not easy and will require years of engaged dialogue and reexamination to ensure we do what is best for our kids.

I voted against the original McCleary bill that increased state property taxes and capped local levies, and I remain deeply uncomfortable with the state’s over-reliance on property taxes to fund education. Nevertheless, despite my concerns about lifting the levy lid, I’m pleased that we found a compromise lifting caps in Seattle Public Schools to $2.50 per $1,000 assessed value, or $3,000 per pupil. While the state should lead on funding, this will allow local districts to decide how best to fund other critical aspects of K-12 education, like nurses, librarians and counselors. We also increased special education funding by $155 million.

Behavioral Health

We significantly invested in reforming and improving Washington’s behavioral health system. The centerpiece is House Bill 1593, establishing a new innovation and integration campus at the UW School of Medicine to train the next generation of behavioral health providers and provide inpatient and outpatient services. We also appropriated $47 million to expand community behavioral health beds and services, and $92 million to ensure the stability of state hospitals.

Higher Education

In this 21st-century economy, a post-secondary credential is more important than ever, but higher education is increasingly unaffordable and inaccessible for middle class families. We addressed this head-on with the Workforce Education Investment Act, expanding need-based aid and increasing career pathways. It replaces the State Need Grant with the Washington College Grant Program, a statewide, guaranteed free college program for lower-income students. This investment is paid for by an increase in the B&O tax on companies that employ highly educated workers, including Microsoft and Amazon.

Budgets

As a member of the Ways & Means Committee, I’m proud that we put together an operating budget that truly puts people first by investing substantially in children and families. We improved our state’s behavioral health system, enhanced our foster care system, bolstered access to early learning and increased funds for housing. I pushed hard to include $3.5 million to expand Treehouse, which helps youth transition out of the foster care system. In 2018, 83 percent of Treehouse participants graduated high school within five years, compared to 49 percent of foster youth statewide. Our investment will help Treehouse continue a proven track record of supporting our most vulnerable children.

I’m also proud that we were able to pass capital construction and transportation budgets that make substantial infrastructure investments in the 36th Legislative District over the next two years.

36th District Investments

The budgets passed this year include $1.5 million for infrastructure to clean polluted storm-water runoff at both ends of the Aurora Bridge before it flows into Puget Sound, and another $700,000 to install variable, digital speed signs on both approaches to the bridge to reduce speeds and increase safety.

They also allocate $700,000 for planning on how to maintain current and future capacities of the Magnolia and Ballard bridges, including possible replacements, and $1 million to restore the site of the proposed North Elliot Bay Public Dock and Marine Transit Terminal. Other appropriations include upgrades to local schools, grants supporting the arts and public access to history, and funding for programs serving the less-fortunate, like the Ballard Food Bank, the Chief Seattle Club and Farestart.

I’m pleased that the Legislature approved my amendment adding $2.7 million in funding each biennium, starting in 2021, to the operating budget to make capital improvements to the Pacific Science Center, which has not received any meaningful public investment since it was built in the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

Contact Me

State government is more important than ever. As the federal government avoids many of the most profound and pressing issues of our time, your Legislature is elevating our civic dialogue and standing up for everyone across Washington on the environment, economy and education.

The legislative process requires ongoing input, advocacy and involvement by real people living real lives. As a husband, father, entrepreneur and citizen legislator, it’s an honor and a privilege to listen and learn from constituents in the 36th District. Every day I’m grateful for the chance to be your voice in Olympia.

I welcome the chance to continue this conversation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov or (360) 786-7670, or at the postal addresses listed below, with further thoughts, comments or questions.

Your partner in service,

May 23rd, 2019|E-News, Uncategorized|