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Monthly Archives: January 2014

A simple change to honor heroes

January 23rd, 2014|

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, met with members of the Veterans Legislative Coalition (VLC) this week during their legislative day to discuss their priorities for the upcoming session.

The VLC is an independent organization which monitors veteran-related legislation in Washington State and has worked with the legislature on a number of bills in the past helping veterans and their families.

Hobbs, a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Kosovo, was in attendance to discuss upcoming priorities for the VLC which include a bill recently sponsored by Hobbs which changes current law for specialty license plates awarded to Washington State Medal of Honor recipients.

Six living Medal of Honor recipients hail from Washington. Currently, Medal of Honor recipients are allowed to purchase just one set of plates. Hobbs’ bill would change state law to allow these six men to own multiple sets of plates.

“These men are American heroes,” Hobbs said. “This is a very small gesture we can make to say thank you to these men who made an enormous sacrifice on our behalf.”

Hobbs leads charge for teacher COLAs

January 21st, 2014|

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, and Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, today released the following statement on their co-sponsorship of a Senate bill signed by all 22 members of the Democratic caucus allowing cost of living allowance (COLA) raises for Washington state teachers:

“For the past two years, we have been talking about the importance of our education system and the need to meet our obligation to fully fund K-12 education. With the recent Supreme Court decision, it’s time we meet our obligation to our citizens and fulfill their desire to see our teachers paid like the hardworking professionals that they are.

“With the economy turning around and the positive news of the 777X contract it’s time now to give the teachers a COLA increase.

“Teachers are some of the hardest workers in our state. Yet increasingly, they are being asked to do more with less or, in this case, do more for less. It’s time we reverse this trend, listen to the people of Washington, and pay the men and women charged with broadening and enlightening our children’s minds the salaries they deserve.

“We are grateful that this bill has received the support of all 22 members of the Democratic Caucus and invite all members of the Senate to join us in showing Washington’s teachers that we appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

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    Hobbs appointed to serve as Vice Chair of Senate Agriculture Committee

Hobbs appointed to serve as Vice Chair of Senate Agriculture Committee

January 17th, 2014|

It was announced Thursday that Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, will serve as Vice Chair of the Senate’s Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee.

Hobbs, who also serves as Chair of Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance and as Vice Co-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, said he is honored to continue to serve on the Agricultural Committee in his new role.

“There are many critical issues which will come before us this year,” Hobbs said. “I’m honored that I have been chosen to play a major role in their outcome.”

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    “All of us owe a tremendous thank you to the men and women of IAM 751”

“All of us owe a tremendous thank you to the men and women of IAM 751”

January 4th, 2014|

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, released the statement below, regarding Friday’s narrow yes vote by machinists which ensures the 777X and its carbon fiber wings will be built in Washington.

“First and foremost, I think all of us owe a tremendous thank you to the men and women of IAM 751 (International Association of Machinists District 751). Ultimately, they are the ones that took a difficult vote and made this happen.

“Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to hear from machinists all throughout my district and Snohomish County regarding this difficult decision. Each member I spoke to shared how heavily this decision impacted themselves and their families regardless of whether they voted yes or no on the Boeing contract.

“The machinists’ vote will keep thousands of aerospace jobs in our state for years to come and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue throughout Washington.

“Our machinists are the most talented in the aerospace industry and I hope that in the years beyond this contract we can continue building airplanes throughout the Puget Sound region and make Washington the premier place to build the world’s best planes.”