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    Sen. Conway: Defeat of transportation revenue package shows lack of MCC leadership

Sen. Conway: Defeat of transportation revenue package shows lack of MCC leadership

June 30th, 2013|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, today released the following statement on the failure of the Majority Coalition Caucus to support the transportation revenue package:

"I am deeply disappointed by the failure of the Majority Coalition Caucus to recognize the importance of the transportation revenue package and its failure to allow the measure open and transparent debate on the Senate floor.

“This transportation package has been discussed for months. Yet the Majority Coalition chose not to discuss the package until the final hours of the 2013 second special legislative session. This shows a lack of leadership within the Majority Coalition.

“For months, we have heard the majority talk about jobs: their importance to our state, their importance to our economy, their importance to our recovery. Yet at the very moment they had the chance to stand for jobs and to stand up for our economy, they chose to retreat behind the veil of their anti-tax mantra.

“No one likes to ask for more revenue, but the revenue raised for this transportation package would have provided an economic return to our state in the form of maintenance and improvements to our transportation infrastructure and 100,000 construction jobs.

“Without transportation improvements, our economy suffers. Without transportation improvements, our state suffers. Without transportation improvements, jobs slip away.

“For an example, look no further than the Port of Tacoma. The revenue package meant improvements to the roadways approaching this vital economic driver, including SR 167. Inaction by the Majority Coalition means jobs and business for our city, county and state may slip away to Canada and California.

“This was an opportunity for the Senate to come together and pass the first significant transportation improvement package since 2005. Instead, it struck an ideological road block, that threatens the transportation system that is the lifeblood of our state and its economy.”

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For more information: Ian Cope, Senate Democratic Caucus, 360-786-7535

For interviews: Sen. Steve Conway, 360-786-7656

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    Sen. Conway statement on the passage of 2013-15 operating budget

Sen. Conway statement on the passage of 2013-15 operating budget

June 28th, 2013|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, today released the following statement on the passage of the 2013-15 biennial operating budget:

"This has been a long, hard process, but I commend my colleagues for finally coming together to pass a budget that sets our state on solid ground entering the next biennium and prevents a shutdown of essential services.

“From the beginning, we have set our children and their education at the top of our priority list. That we were able to invest $1 billion in our education system and assist some of the most needy schools in our state is a testament to how seriously we take that responsibility. By expanding all-day kindergarten and reducing class size for kindergarten and first-grade classes in high-poverty areas, we are ensuring that our youngest learners get the best possible start to the schooling. By investing in teacher and principal evaluation training, we help make sure that the men and women standing at the head of the classroom are the best and brightest.

“In addition to strengthening our educational foundation, this budget also maintains the safety net that assists the most vulnerable men and women in our state. Housing and assistance programs for the poor and elderly are no longer subject to devastating cuts.

“The budget also recognizes the importance of our middle class and supports these families by fully implementing the Affordable Care Act. Three-hundred thousand residents of our state will have access to health care through Medicaid expansion

“I do have two major concerns with this budget. First, it does not provide a formula for truly meeting our paramount duty to fund K-12 and higher education. It is a band-aid. Second, to use money from our capital budget funds to balance our operating budget is short-sighted.

“I have always believed that budgets should be job creators and, with that in mind, I look forward to continuing the growth in our state and driving the economic recovery forward. This means supporting a capital budget and transportation package that will put men and women back to work and build the infrastructure and economy that will attract and reward new and existing businesses in Washington.”

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For more information: Ian Cope, Senate Democratic Caucus, 360-786-7535

For interviews: Sen. Steve Conway, 360-786-7656

VIDEO: Sen. Conway remembers Sen. Mike Carrell

June 4th, 2013|