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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

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.

March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Port of Kaohsiung delegation visits Olympia

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.

March 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Legislative Update 3/20/17

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

March 20th, 2017|E-News|
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    Constituents shared priorities and concerns at Conway town hall

Constituents shared priorities and concerns at Conway town hall

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.

March 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Conway co-sponsors resolution honoring JBLM

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.

 

March 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Video: Conway’s TVW ‘Legislator Profile’

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

March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Conway to host town hall March 11

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
March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|
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    Conway meets with constituents supporting Tacoma’s Asian Pacific Cultural Center

Conway meets with constituents supporting Tacoma’s Asian Pacific Cultural Center

On Thursday, Sen. Steve Conway met with members of the Vietnamese and Cambodian communities from his district, as well as high school students from the Asian Pacific Islander community. Both groups came to Olympia to advocate in favor of funding for the Asian Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma.

February 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Legislative Update 2/21/17

Dear friends and neighbors,

Thank you for taking the time to read my legislative e-newsletter. First off, I would like to thank all of you who participated in last week’s telephone town hall. Almost 5,000 people picked up their phones to participate. I only wish that we had more time to take everyone’s questions.

Upcoming town hall

Fortunately, there is another opportunity soon for us to get together and talk about the issues that are important to you. On Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m., I will host an in-person town hall at Bates Technical College’s south campus cafeteria. I hope you will attend. I’ll be sending out another reminder for this event as we get closer to the date.

Legislative update

We are now in the 7th week of this 105-day legislative session. For the most part, we have finished hearing Senate bills in our committees. Now we will transition to the Senate floor to vote on bills that made it out of committees. If approved, they then head to the House for further consideration.

Thank you for your advocacy

Two weeks ago, over 1,100 people from across the state — including union members, parents, vets and workers — signed in to testify in opposition to Senate Bill 5692 that would make Washington a so-called “Right to Work” state. This type of advocacy and civic participation works in a big way. Because of the strong outpouring of opposition to this harmful legislation, SB 5692 will not be advancing this session.

If there is anything happening in Olympia that you care deeply about, please feel free to visit my office and share your concerns.

ACA update

Lastly, I want to take a moment to assure those of you who are enrolled in affordable health care programs through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), like Medicaid, that nothing can happen to your health care coverage this year as a result of any congressional action. Even though Congress has threatened to repeal the ACA, any action they take will not take effect until 2018.

In the meantime, I will be proactive in my efforts to protect your ability to access affordable health care. After all, roughly 790,000 Washingtonians stand to lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed. That is unacceptable.

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

 

February 21st, 2017|E-News, Uncategorized|
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    Thousands come to Olympia to oppose ‘Right to Work’ bill

Thousands come to Olympia to oppose ‘Right to Work’ bill

On Wednesday, over 1,100 people from across the state — including union members, parents, vets and workers — signed in to testify in opposition to Senate Bill 5692 that would make Washington a so-called “Right to Work” state.

SB 5692 was heard in the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee.

Sen. Steve Conway, D- South Tacoma, who sits on the committee, has been a longtime advocate for labor unions and opposes “Right to Work” legislation, which generally results in lower wages in the states in which it has passed.

February 10th, 2017|E-News, Uncategorized|