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Monthly Archives: February 2014

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    Hobbs amendment will strengthen, increase safety at state’s nursing homes

Hobbs amendment will strengthen, increase safety at state’s nursing homes

February 28th, 2014|

A budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, and adopted by the Senate on Thursday clears the way for federal dollars to enter our state’s underfunded nursing homes.

“This amendment will not impact our state’s budget, it will only help the residents of our state’s underfunded and understaffed nursing homes,” Hobbs said. “In many cases these are the most vulnerable people in our state and today I believe we did something important to help improve their lives.”

Eighty percent of residents in our state’s nursing homes are on Medicaid. More than half of the state’s nursing homes are enduring financial hardship due to the lasting impacts of the Great Recession. The adoption of Hobbs’ amendment looks to reverse their fortune.

“Washington’s skilled nursing and assisted living community staffs are literally on the front lines of protecting our most vulnerable,” Hobbs said. “Any time we can help them in any way, we must.”

Join Sen. Hobbs for National Guard Day 2014

February 19th, 2014|

Please join Sen. Steve Hobbs as he introduces you to some of the people who make up the Washington National Guard. Hobbs, an active duty member of the Guard, meets some of the people that not only defend our freedom abroad, but keep us safe here at home too.

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    Sen. Hobbs meets with Washington Fire Chiefs and Fire Commissioners

Sen. Hobbs meets with Washington Fire Chiefs and Fire Commissioners

February 12th, 2014|

Sen. Steve Hobbs met with members of the Washington Fire Chiefs (WFC) and Washington Fire Commissioners Association (WFCA) from Snohomish County this week to discuss their 2014 legislative agendas. 

Both groups work to influence issues which impact fire service as well as inform and educate our state’s Fire Districts in the preservation and protection of life and property. Some of the issues the WFC and WFCA are pursuing this session range from risk mobilization, to developing pre-fire mitigation plans and EMS levy issues

“Helping our firefighters access the resources they need is vital to the safety and health of every Washingtonians,” Hobbs said. “Our first responders do so much for every one of us, it’s only right that we do all we can for them.”

Thank a million teachers – here’s how

February 4th, 2014|

Every one of us can think of at least one – if not many teachers – who through either their actions or words made an indelible difference in our lives that we remember to this day.

Just as they did for us as children, teachers today continue their critical roles in the lives of our kids. By following this link, you can not only thank a teacher who left a lasting impression on you or your kids, but by doing so, you can make that teacher eligible to apply for a $2,500 grant.

As our budgets begin to bounce back from the impacts of the Great Recession, our teachers and their classrooms remain in need of additional funding. Thanking a teacher through this program is a great way to show your gratitude and at the same time help them make even more of a difference for the kids in their classroom.

You and I both know those kids will never forget it.