Monthly Archives: March 2017

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    Conway: Capital budget makes smart investments in the 29th Legislative District and Pierce County

Conway: Capital budget makes smart investments in the 29th Legislative District and Pierce County

March 31st, 2017|

OLYMPIA – The proposed capital budget passed unanimously by the Senate on Thursday would invest $1.1 billion in school construction and public education. It also would provide new funding for mental health services and invest in programs aimed at cleaning up the environment.

“Not only does this budget benefit the people of Washington, it is a budget that is great for the 29th District,” said Sen. Steve. Conway, D- South Tacoma. “This budget makes historic investments into our schools, builds beautiful parks to be enjoyed for generations to come, and develops low-cost housing for those in need.”

Investments in the 29th Legislative District include $1.5 million dollars for the creation of the Stan and Joan Cross Park in Frederickson, $3.1 million for a new health sciences center at Bates Technical College, and $33 million for the Center of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at Clover Park.

Additionally, the budget would fund a new housing center in Orting for veterans.

“In 2015, I was able to secure funding to develop the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center in Pierce County, which is now involved in the Orting Village project,” said Conway. “The Orting Village is a smart investment that will help carry on the mission of the Veterans Hope Center by providing our brave military veterans who have fallen on hard times with shelter and access to services that can lead to jobs and higher education opportunities.”

Conway added that he also helped secure funding for the City of Lakewood to purchase property near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Currently, this land is occupied by businesses and buildings that are incompatible with runway operations at the base and could pose public and flight safety risks.

“By purchasing this land, Lakewood will be in federal compliance and keep everyone in the surrounding area safe,” said Conway.

Port of Kaohsiung delegation visits Olympia

March 30th, 2017|

This week, Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, met with a delegation from the Port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, a sister port of the Port of Tacoma. The delegation was visiting Washington state to strengthen ties between the ports and explore possible areas of collaboration.

Legislative Update 3/20/17

March 20th, 2017|

Dear friends and neighbors,

I would like to thank all of you who attended my town hall meeting at Bates Technical College. We had a lively conversation about car tabs, affordable health care, homelessness and K-12 funding. If you were not able to attend, you can always contact me anytime to ask me a question or share your legislative priorities.

Legislative Update

We are at the halfway point of this 105-day legislative session. So far, we have finished hearing bills that originated in the Senate. Senate bills that were voted off the floor are now being heard in House committees. Likewise, we are now considering House bills in Senate committees.

Among the many issues considered this year in the Senate were distracted driving penalties, protecting vulnerable adults and seniors, REAL ID travel requirements, workplace protection for pregnant women, helping our military transition to civilian jobs, and much more.

K-12 Update

The governor has signed two bills so far this session. The most significant was a bill to temporarily allow our school districts to continue to raise money through local levies. This was critical for allowing our school boards and districts to plan next year’s budgets. Keep in mind we are still negotiating a comprehensive, sustainable K-12 funding solution as ordered by the Supreme Court.

What is Next?

The next phase of the Legislature really focuses on the operating, transportation and capital budgets. The Senate’s Republican majority is set to release its budget proposals sometime this week. In response, House Democrats will release their budgets next week. Many of you have contacted me about items you hope to see funded in this year’s budgets; stay tuned as negotiations progress.

Keep in Touch

My office is always here to answer your questions and provide you with information. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

Sincerely,

Sen. Steve Conway

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    Constituents shared priorities and concerns at Conway town hall

Constituents shared priorities and concerns at Conway town hall

March 13th, 2017|

OLYMPIA- Constituents from across the 29th Legislative District were able to share their legislative priorities directly with Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, at a town hall meeting on Saturday.

Conway answered questions from the audience and updated constituents about what is happening this year in Olympia. Topics of discussion included education funding, transportation concerns and job creation.

The meeting took place at the south campus of the Bates Technical College.

The 29th Legislative District is located in Pierce County and includes South Tacoma and parts of Spanaway, Lakewood and Parkland.

Conway co-sponsors resolution honoring JBLM

March 3rd, 2017|

The Washington State Senate unanimously passed a resolution today recognizing the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, co-sponsored the resolution. Many of the people who work or serve at JBLM live in the 29th Legislative District which Conway represents.

 

Video: Conway’s TVW ‘Legislator Profile’

March 1st, 2017|

Sen. Conway talks about his district and career in this episode of TVW’s Legislator Profiles.

Conway to host town hall March 11

March 1st, 2017|

Who: State Sen. Steve Conway, D- South Tacoma

What: Town hall meeting

When: Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Bates Technical College, South Campus Cafeteria, 2201 South 78th  St., Tacoma

Why: This is an opportunity to speak in person with your legislator about issues important to Pierce County and your community. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Fully funding education
  • Job creation
  • Mental health services
  • Transportation improvements
  • Protecting the social safety net
  • and answers to your questions