Monthly Archives: February 2020

Sen. Conway’s town hall postponed

February 21st, 2020|

Sen. Steve Conway on Friday announced that his town hall scheduled for this Saturday (2/22) will be postponed and scheduled for a later date due to illness. Sen. Conway apologizes for any inconvenience and will send out an update when the event is rescheduled.

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    Sen. Conway: We must keep our promise to all of Washington’s public servants

Sen. Conway: We must keep our promise to all of Washington’s public servants

February 19th, 2020|

Washington’s retired teachers and other public employees educated generations of Washingtonians, worked tirelessly to improve public health and provided countless other services for people throughout our state.

Under a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway, retired public employees will receive a modest three percent cost of living increase to help make ends meet.

“It’s important that we keep our promises to these people who taught us, taught our children, worked on our roads, dedicated their lives to public health and safety,” said Conway, D-Tacoma. “This is a modest yet critically important cost of living increase for thousands of Washingtonians.”

The increase will be a maximum of $62.50 per month for people enrolled in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS Plan 1) or the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS Plan 1).

The bill, SB 5400, passed out of the Senate unanimously on Feb. 19. It is scheduled to be voted out of the House Committee on Appropriations on March 2.

“This money will not be spent on luxuries. The folks in this retirement system are aging and this increase will be spent on medical expenses, rent, groceries and other necessities,” Conway said. “This is about keeping promises and making sure our retired public employees can live their lives in dignity.”

Conway bill will help Washington’s military spouses

February 18th, 2020|

When a one member of a military deploys, the entire family serves.

Sen. Steve Conway is sponsoring a bill to ensure that the people who are left behind while their loved ones are protecting our freedoms abroad, have the resources they need stateside to continue life as normal as possible.

Senate Bill 6626 will establish a liaison office inside the state’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs to work with military spouses. Military spouses face a variety of challenges during deployment including childcare, employment, education and simply making ends meet.

“Military spouses are potentially thousands of miles away, but in many ways they serve right alongside their family member,” Conway said. “Many of these folks turn into single parents during deployment. This liaison position will give these brave men and women and their families a resource they can lean on during an extraordinarily stressful time.”

The bill passed the Senate with unanimous support on Feb. 18. It now awaits further consideration in the House.