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Monthly Archives: March 2017

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    Senate capital budget proposes $7.7 million for South Bend school construction

Senate capital budget proposes $7.7 million for South Bend school construction

March 28th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – The South Bend School District would receive $7.7 million dollars for school construction projects in the 2017 capital budget proposed today by the Senate. The funds would be allotted as a part of a rural school grant program.

“Smaller rural school districts have historically faced barriers in the bond application process even when the need for our students is just as great as in other parts of the state,” said Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview. “I cannot thank the leaders in Pacific County who have advocated for this needed school bond enough; your voices made a difference in Olympia.”

In addition to new money for school construction, the proposed budget also includes dollars for completion of the Longview Shay Pavilion, dredging at the Westport Marina, parking improvements at the Tam O’Shanter Athletic Arena, and upgrades for the Naselle Hatchery, among others.

The proposal will be heard before the Senate Ways & Means Committee this afternoon.

19th LD Telephone Town Hall – March 28

March 24th, 2017|

Who – 19th Legislative District State Senator Dean Takko & State Representative Brian Blake.

What – Telephone town hall meeting.

When – 6:05– 7:05 PM Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Where – Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the 19th Legislative District. Residents will be able to listen live and speak with their lawmakers. Those who do not receive a call can participate by dialing 877-229-8493 and entering the ID Code 116278.

Alternatively, the telephone town hall can be live-streamed:

http://video.teleforumonline.com/video/streaming.php?client=16278

Or people can sign up to reserve a line:

https://vekeo.com/whdc19/

Why – To provide constituents with the opportunity to ask questions on issues ranging from education funding, healthcare and public safety to transportation, the economy and the state budgets.

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    ‘Levy cliff’ extension gives districts certainty, Legislature must now fund McCleary

‘Levy cliff’ extension gives districts certainty, Legislature must now fund McCleary

March 8th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – Responding to the passage of Senate Bill 5023, which averts the largest cut to Washington public schools in state history, Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, released the following statement:

“I’ve heard from parents, teachers, and school administrators loud and clear that we could not wait any longer to give our school districts the certainty they need to budget for the coming school year.

“Although I wish we could have passed this bill weeks ago, I am glad we’ve come to resolution on the ‘levy cliff’ so we can give the full attention of the Legislature to fairly funding Washington’s schools.

“We cannot waste one more minute to give our kids every opportunity they deserve.”