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Sen. Hobbs helps commemorate SR 99 tunnel opening

February 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Haley Tabor serves as page in Washington State Senate

Haley Tabor, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of Jan. 14.

Pages are sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Senator Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, sponsored Tabor’s week in the Legislature.
“It was a privilege to host Haley at the Capitol this week,” said Hobbs. “I hope that she enjoyed her time with the Legislature.”

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

“I’ve really loved helping people out and doing my part. That’s really where the joy is in it for me,” said Tabor.

Pages also have the opportunity to work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

Tabor is in 9th grade at Cavelero High School. In her free time she enjoys studying all forms of dance and is currently cast as Mrs. Banks in her school’s production of Mary Poppins.

February 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|
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    Hobbs: Impact of gaming on Washington economy is “no fantasy”

Hobbs: Impact of gaming on Washington economy is “no fantasy”

With more than 600 employees and 18 offices worldwide, Wizards of the Coast, which publishes games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, has left its mark on both popular culture and the economy.

The company has grown from a tiny startup operated out of founder Peter Adkison’s Seattle basement in 1990 to a global power that boasts more than 20 million players and an annual economic impact estimated to be in the neighborhood of $1 billion.

“I think we’re at the tip of the iceberg here,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, who recently visited Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton. “There is still a ton of potential for this industry to continue to grow. We’re fortunate here in Washington to have such an economic and influential pop culture force right in our own backyard.”

Hobbs, a self-confessed gaming nerd himself, said he plans to hold a work session in the Senate’s Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee during the 2019 session to better explore the full economic impact the gaming industry has on the state and if there are things lawmakers can do to help foster that impact.

“This is no fantasy,” Hobbs said. “There’s real money here, there’s real jobs here. I want to take a look at how we can continue to grow this industry in a way that builds on this already impressive and uniquely Washington story.”

December 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|
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    Sen. Hobbs re-elected to serve as chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

Sen. Hobbs re-elected to serve as chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, was selected this week to again serve as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Hobbs also retained his roles on the Senate’s newly named Energy, Climate & Technology Committee and on the Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committees.

This is Hobbs’ second year as chair of Transportation. The Lake Stevens lawmaker was elected to a fourth term earlier this month and has served on the committee since 2014.

“I’m excited to get back to work for the people of Snohomish County and the state,” Hobbs said. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but we have a lot of work to do to create a truly 21st Century infrastructure. I’m honored to be able to continue our work toward that goal.”

Hobbs was one of the key architects of the state’s historic and comprehensive transportation investment package in 2015. He has worked to deliver numerous transportation investments throughout Snohomish County over the years including improvements to Centennial Trail in Lake Stevens, repairs to the sinking stretch of 35th Avenue in Mill Creek and money to relieve the congested Frontier Village intersection to name a few.

The 2019 Legislative session begins on Jan. 14.

November 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

See you in November

Because of election year restrictions, I will be unable to update my website beginning May 14. However, my office will remain open so if you need to contact me or my staff, please call my district office at (425) 334-2092. My office is located at:
Lake Stevens Fire
1825 South Lake Stevens Rd.
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

May 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|
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    Sen. Hobbs talks about tax cuts, school funding and investments in Snohomish County

Sen. Hobbs talks about tax cuts, school funding and investments in Snohomish County

Click here to read Sen. Steve Hobbs 2018 newsletter. In it, the senator talks about many of the accomplishments of Senate Democrats during the 2018 legislative session, including property tax cuts, job creation, school funding and transportation investments.

May 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Sen. Hobbs’ office will remain open during his deployment

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, a member of the Washington National Guard, was selected from a pool of candidates to deploy to Estonia as part of the Army’s Military Reserve Exchange Program.

Sen. Hobbs’ service begins next month and will keep him away for a few weeks while fulfilling his obligation to the National Guard. In his place, Jennifer Smolen, Hobbs’ Legislative Assistant will be available to answer questions, take on casework, and assist constituents in the 44th Legislative District on a wide variety of issues.

“It is an honor to serve my country and our communities in Washington state,” Hobbs said. “I am excited to take on this challenge and to build stronger relationships with our NATO allies.”

Military Reserve Exchange Program is a coordinated international exchange program with NATO militaries to help develop cultural understanding, regional expertise and language proficiency and interoperability. Military members complete their annual training serving in duty assignments similar to their wartime assignments while gaining the understanding of the training, doctrine and operations of NATO alliance partners.

Hobbs enlisted in the Army in 1987 and joined the National Guard in 2006. He is a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Kosovo.
Constituents can reach Hobbs’ Lake Stevens office by calling (425) 334-2092.

April 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|
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    Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Mill Creek win big in transportation budget

Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Mill Creek win big in transportation budget

As a life-long resident of Snohomish County, Sen. Steve Hobbs, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said he has a unique viewpoint among legislators when it comes to the transportation needs of his community.

We are the fastest growing areas of the state and because of that, our transportation needs are changing and growing rapidly,” Hobbs said. “This budget reflects the ever-changing landscape of our community and I feel helps set the stage for our bright economic future. We are growing and our roads, bridges and transit options must reflect that growth.”

Below is a breakdown of the transportation investments included in the 2018 Supplemental Transportation budget around Snohomish County:

Mill Creek, 35th Ave.: A stretch of approximately 1,000 feet – running from 141st Street SE and 144th Street SE – continues to settle. Hobbs ensured $500,000 to reconstruct that stretch of roadway on a pin pile-supported slab that will prevent and future settlement. The City of Mill Creek reports the design phase of this project is 95 percent complete.

Lake Stevens/Snohomish, US 2 Trestle: A $2 million investment is the next step toward replacement of the trestle. It’s targeted at addressing the state and federal environmental impacts of replacement and clears another barrier toward alleviating one of the most frustrating traffic bottlenecks in the state.

Lake Stevens, Bike/Pedestrian Path: An investment of $1.3 million is made for a 3,200 foot bike and pedestrian path in South Lake Stevens which will connect to Centennial Trail. This investment is targeted toward increasing safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. This will also improve safety particularly for school kids from nearby Glenwood Elementary and Cavelero Mid-High.

March 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Legislature passes 2018 Transportation budget

OLYMPIA – Modest but critical investments in Washington’s ferry system, State Patrol and a creative effort at congestion relief highlight the 2018 supplemental transportation budget passed today.

The bill, which received broad bipartisan support, now awaits the governor’s signature.

“These targeted investments will have a lasting impact throughout Washington,” said Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Since we passed the Connecting Washington package three years ago, our state has begun to address its transportation infrastructure needs in a very meaningful way. This budget takes another big step in the right direction.”

The transportation budget provides an increase of $826 million over the enacted 2017-19 transportation budget. Much of the increase is a result of re-appropriated funds to continue Connecting Washington projects passed in 2015.

“This is a bipartisan budget that moves Washington forward,” said House transportation chair Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island. “Our transportation system only works when it connects each of our districts and each part of the state. This budget makes those connections and builds bridges between us.”

Many of the investments are focused on ferries. That includes $600,000 to begin the process of converting three Jumbo Mark II class ferry vessels – the Puyallup, Tacoma and Wenatchee – from diesel to hybrid electric.

The budget also invests $2 million in the M/V Hyak to maintain service and fleet capacity while the M/V Tokitae and M/V Samish are out of service for warrantied repairs.

An investment of $4.4 million is made in state trooper basic training, which is expected to help the State Patrol reach its authorized trooper staffing level of 672 by the end of next year.

With the goal of maintaining current roads, $10 million was included for highway preservation work. Additionally, funding was provided for right-of-way cleanup equipment to ensure the safety of drivers on I-5.

Due to the expected increase in demand for enhanced driver’s licenses as a result of the implementation of REAL ID, the budget provides the Department of Licensing with $28 million for increased hours at certain locations and to make equipment and technology upgrades to reduce wait times.

Finally, a pilot project to incentivize Washington businesses to encourage employees to use ride-sharing public transportation and other emission-reducing methods to commute will receive $1 million. The pilot will begin in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties and will allow participating businesses to apply for a 50 percent rebate on the cost of an employee transit pass, including an ORCA card. You can read more about the project here.

“Through new investments and the continuing benefits of the Connecting Washington transportation package, every corner of our state is seeing the impact transportation investments make,” Hobbs said. “This is the best of both worlds – we are making needed improvements to our existing infrastructure while looking toward the future to build a 21st century transportation system that is clean and sustainable.”

For more details and additional projects included in the 2018 supplemental transportation budget, click here.

March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Hobbs selected chair of Senate Transportation Committee

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Hobbs on Monday was selected chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Hobbs has served as the lead Democrat on the Transportation Committee since 2014. The Lake Stevens lawmaker was a key architect of the transportation infrastructure investment package and for years has delivered transportation improvement projects throughout Snohomish County.

“I’m humbled by this opportunity and excited to continue my work on behalf of Snohomish County and the entire state,” Hobbs said.

Hobbs will also continue serving on the Senate’s Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee as well as the Energy, Environment & Technology Committee.

November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|