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    E News- Operating budget hurts schools and local communities

E News- Operating budget hurts schools and local communities

March 29th, 2016|

Dear friends and neighbors,

Throughout my time serving in the Senate, I have never voted against a final operating budget — until today. I cannot in good conscience support a budget that raids the pocketbooks of our cities and hampers my local school districts’ ability to plan their upcoming budgets.

This budget does nothing to delay the impending fiscal disaster our local school districts are facing. During the recession, lawmakers temporarily hiked the amount of money schools could raise through property tax levies so that school districts could make it through the recession. This temporary increase is set to expire at the end of August 2017.

I support extending this deadline out another year. Unfortunately, this budget failed to do this and now school districts are going to struggle to hire new teachers and plan their budgets responsibly.

Additionally, I am disappointed that this budget unfairly sweeps a successful loan program, the Public Works Trust Fund, which local communities rely on for critical infrastructure improvements. Since it was founded, the public works fund has awarded more than 2,000 loans and grants totaling more than $2.2 billion, and every loan has been repaid in full. We are now claiming to be fiscally responsible by balancing the state budget, but the reality is we are raising the cost of paying for your local utilities, which is not good for the residents of Washington.

Ultimately, the budget passed both chambers and is now headed to the governor’s desk. However, next year is a whole new ball game. I will work hard to ensure your local tax dollars stay local so that our schools can continue to be the best in the state and our cities have the resources they need to strengthen their infrastructures.

ICYMI: Town hall weekend

This Saturday, April 2, I will host three town hall forums throughout the 5th Legislative District. The times and locations are as follows:

Issaquah: 11 a.m. to noon

Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73

1280 NE Park Dr., Issaquah 98029

Snoqualmie: 1-2 p.m.

Snoqualmie Library

7824 Center Blvd. SE, Snoqualmie 98065

Maple Valley: 3-4 p.m.

Maple Valley Library

21844 SE 248th St., Maple Valley 98038

Constituent engagement is a critical and crucial part of the legislative process, and that’s why these town halls are so important. I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

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Mullet to host three town halls on April 2

March 22nd, 2016|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, will host three town hall meetings throughout the 5th Legislative District on Saturday, April 2. The locations and times for the events are:

  • Issaquah: 11 a.m. to noon

Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73

1280 NE Park Dr., Issaquah 98029

  • Snoqualmie: 1-2 p.m.

Snoqualmie Library

7824 Center Blvd. SE, Snoqualmie 98065

  • Maple Valley: 3-4 p.m.

Maple Valley Library

21844 SE 248th St., Maple Valley 98038

“I was elected to this position almost four years ago and I still love every second of it,” said Mullet. “The part of the job I enjoy the most is connecting with the people I represent. Their concerns and priorities drive what I do as a legislator. Constituent engagement is a critical and crucial part of the legislative process and that’s why these town halls are so important.”

Legislative town halls are typically held during or soon after the legislative session and provide lawmakers and constituents the opportunity to discuss issues important to the district. Mullet will provide updates on important bills that have been introduced during the 2016 legislative session as well as what’s happening with the supplemental capital and operating budgets, and what still needs to be done.

E News- 2016 highlights

March 10th, 2016|

Dear friends and neighbors,

It has been an honor to represent you and the entire 5th Legislative District this year. We are in the final hours of the legislative session and even though I am seriously disappointed that we have yet to pass a supplemental budget, I am confident we will have an agreement soon. Here are some of the highlights of the 2016 session:

  • Made it easier to save for college – Created a tax free 529 college savings plan aimed at helping families save for college.
  • Worked with our cities – I’ve made it a goal of mine to partner with our cities to assist them with their local needs. This year, I secured much needed state funding to help repair North Bend’s roads that have been damaged by semi-truck traffic.
  • Broke through Olympia gridlock – Over the last few years landlord and tenant groups have been at odds with each other, neither group accomplishing any of their goals. After months of negotiations, both sides came together to support legislation I sponsored to improve the lives of Washington renters.
  • Teamed up with constituents – Helped local small business owners Joe and Linda Grez pass legislation that benefits their North Bend company that makes electric paddles for kayaks and canoes.
  • Provided certainty for 1,200 charter school students – I believe we have an obligation to the more than 1,200 children attending charter schools to allow them to stay at the schools they have come to depend on to meet their educational needs. The voters of the 5th District approved the charter school initiative and I’m honoring that vote.

Lastly, as the father of four daughters, I know how great our schools are in the 5th District. I firmly believe that local levies are the reason we have the best teachers, outstanding graduation rates, and state-of-the-art resources in each classroom. Next year and beyond, I will always work hard to make sure your local tax dollars stay local.

Sincerely,

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E News- Tackling traffic congestion

March 1st, 2016|

Dear friends and neighbors,

In last year’s transportation revenue package, I was able to secure funding for a new interchange at Highway 18 and I-90. Congestion at this location is maddening, and this project will go a long way toward speeding up the flow of traffic. However, completion of this project is still a few years out.

In order to provide some traffic relief at this location, in the near future, I am partnering with the Washington State Patrol and Washington State Department of Transportation to close the nearby weight station and relocate it east of the Cascade Mountains. This is something the Washington State Patrol supports and which will do a lot to improve traffic flow. Additionally, if we do this now, we will lower the cost of the interchange project in the long run, making this a practical and cost effective proposal.

I am also working hard to secure $100,000 in this year’s supplemental transportation budget for the city of North Bend to repave roads. North Bend hosts a regional truck stop which greatly benefits the state of Washington and our economy. However, the heavy truck traffic caused by this station has caused significant road damage.

Providing state dollars to fix these roads is the right thing to do. I believe local communities and the state should work together. If a city hosts one of the state’s truck stops, the state should pitch in to fix the roads.

Sincerely,

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