Monthly Archives: April 2016

Gov. Inslee veto saves Public Works Trust Fund

April 19th, 2016|

OLYMPIA – In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s partial veto of the 2016 supplemental operating budget, effectively restoring a $154 million cut to the Public Works Trust Fund, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, released the following statement:

“Gov. Inslee has saved the Public Works Trust Fund.

“This critical tool provides cities with low interest loans for local infrastructure projects. It is responsible for literally thousands of jobs, countless public works projects and increases the quality of life for every Washingtonian.

“Raiding this account received vocal opposition from both sides of the aisle. Despite this, Senate Republicans have developed a habit of emptying successful and sustainable programs, like the Public Works Trust Fund, in their effort to adhere to a 4-year budget based on projections that have, at best, been wildly inaccurate.

“Our cities and towns are facing new infrastructure challenges with each passing year and raiding the Public Works Trust Fund would have hung local governments out to dry as they try to address the needs of their communities.

“I thank Gov. Inslee for taking a stand to protect the programs that work.”


33rd Legislative District Telephone Town Hall on April 13

April 11th, 2016|

Who: Senator Karen Keiser; Representative Tina Orwall, and Representative Mia Gregerson

What: Telephone town hall

When: 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th

Where: 33rd Legislative District

Why: Senator Keiser and Representatives Orwall and Gregerson will give constituents a brief update about the 2016 legislative session, which ended last month. Then, the majority of the live town hall will be spent answering questions from constituents on the line.

Under the telephone town hall format, thousands of constituents will receive automatically generated telephone calls to their homes in the 33rd Legislative District just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.  Constituents on the line may ask questions for the Representatives and Senator to answer, live, by pressing *3 on their phones during the call.

If constituents would like to call-in, they may do so at 877-229-8493 and enter ID Code:18646.