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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Senate transportation plan clears another hurdle

February 13th, 2015|

After two days of public hearings, a $15 billion bipartisan Senate transportation-revenue plan has taken the next step toward a vote by the full Senate.

“This plan wasn’t put together overnight. It took nearly three years of planning and negotiations to reach this point and there is still a ways to go. I’m pleased to see that critical repairs to our state’s roads and bridges as well as the economic returns this package will bring are closer to becoming a reality,” said Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, transportation-committee chair.

The 11-bill package, which would fund $8 billion in transportation projects, dedicate $1.4 billion to infrastructure maintenance and preservation, and substantially reform how transportation projects are managed, was endorsed Thursday by the Senate Transportation Committee. The Legislature has not approved a similar package of projects since 2005.

“There is obviously much more work still to come and I look forward to continue to work out differences on all sides, but it was still very gratifying to see this plan clear a crucial hurdle today. Whenever there is compromise, there are going to be disagreements. I believe strongly that this is a good plan – not a perfect one – but a good plan that addresses our state’s long-overdue transportation needs and will most importantly create 200,000 jobs over the next 16 years.” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, ranking member on the committee.

Sen. Hobbs encourages all advocates to come to Olympia

February 9th, 2015|

Sen. Steve Hobbs spent part of his day Thursday meeting with members of the Washington Occupational Therapy Association during their visit to Olympia to share their 2015 legislative priorities with members of the House and Senate.

Hobbs spoke to a group of about 100 OTs, briefing them on the issues facing the 2015 legislature such as education funding and transportation improvements. Hobbs also answered questions and spoke about the need for people to get engaged in the legislative process.

“We need you to tell us what’s important to you and your industry,” Hobbs said. “Your presence here is absolutely critical for us to do our jobs well.”

Hobbs went on to say that it is critical that all advocacy groups and individuals come to Olympia whenever possible to let their elected officials know more about the issues that are important to them, their communities or their industry.

Join Sen. Hobbs for National Guard Day 2015

February 4th, 2015|

Hobbs singled out by state’s Dairy Federation

February 3rd, 2015|

Last week Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, was presented with the President’s Appreciation Award from the Washington State Dairy Federation.

The award recognized Hobbs’ leadership, vision, and professional dedication working with the WSDF on behalf of dairy farm families, according to Dan Wood, Executive Director at WSDF.

Wood said Hobbs’ support of dairy-related legislation and his presence on the agriculture committee contributed to his selection for the award.

“He has been a champion of legislation to save the farmland in our district,” he said. “He got the bill through the Senate and pushed to get it through the House.”