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    Nelson: “Washingtonians expect more than a ‘do-no-harm budget’”

Nelson: “Washingtonians expect more than a ‘do-no-harm budget’”

February 27th, 2014|

OLYMPIA – Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, issued the statement below following the Senate’s passage of the 2014 supplemental operating budget Thursday:

“I want to thank Sens. Hargrove and Ranker for their hard work on this budget. Because of them Democratic priorities such as protecting the safety net, family planning and some new education funding were all provided and accounted for.

“I voted ‘yes’ on this budget because of that Democratic imprint, but I know both senators and many of our colleagues on this side of the aisle agree that we must do much more than simply hold steady.

“The days of all cuts budgets are behind us. But people throughout Washington continue to feel the impact of the decisions made during the Great Recession.

“We must rebuild what was torn down during those dark economic days. And we must start by rebuilding our K-12 education system.

“We did that in a modest way in this budget, but we must do so much more if we are going to meet our paramount duty and fully fund K-12 education in this state.

“This week Senate Democrats put forth a plan to continue that conversation. Our plan will put us on the path toward fully funding education and we encourage everyone who is serious about making a difference in the lives of Washington’s one million school kids to join us at the table.

“We cannot let another year go by without developing solutions to this issue. A problem of this magnitude is going to take all sides pulling in the same direction. That work must begin now.”

 

Nelson addresses fire fighters at annual conference

February 21st, 2014|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Sharon Nelson spoke to a group of fire fighters as part of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters’ annual two day legislative conference in Olympia.

“I’ve worked with many of you over the past four years on an issue that is important to the safety of our babies, our homes and those like you who go into burning buildings,” Nelson said. “And I look forward to continuing to work with you – to get unnecessary toxic chemicals out of household products so they stop harming our first responders and our children.”

Chemicals are added to furniture and household goods under the pretense of being flame retardant, but have proven to cause cancer, endocrine interruption and other severe health problems in children and adults. Fire fighters are exposed to concentrated amounts of these chemicals as furniture burns and they are released into the air.

“I also am proud to be part of a caucus that understands it is critical we make sure those who protect us are protected from bad deals that erode pensions, health benefits and workers’ compensation rights,” Nelson added.

Also discussed was the importance of restoring funding to local governments, as money has been cut in recent years due to the recession and a slow economic recovery.

“My background is in local government,” Nelson concluded. “But for a lot of people, it is fire fighters or police officers who are the connection between them and government. When my dad needed help, I was so relieved when my local first responders came. I want to thank you for your service, and I will continue to fight for the funding you deserve so you can keep doing the important work that you do.”