Dear friends and neighbors,

Now that we’ve finished the legislative session–with the first on-time budget in a decade–I’m glad to report back to you about what we have been working on this year. Ever since I came to Olympia, I’ve been focused on making sure the 19th District has a strong voice in our state government.

This year, we made important investments that will pay off for us and for our children and grandchildren. We invested in special education in schools, better mental health care, scholarships for those who can’t afford college, and a major new forest health and wildfire suppression and
prevention program.

Two bills I’m particularly proud of sponsoring and passing this year will prepare our state government for natural disasters. I grew up between the mouth of the Columbia River and Aberdeen. That’s ground zero for the Cascadia Subduction Zone. No one wants to think of a big earthquake
coming, but we’re past due. If the worst does come, these bills will allow us to have a functional government when people will need help the most.

In addition, I’m very happy that the capital construction budget funds $98 million in projects in communities across our district. A few highlights include:

• $4.4 million for fish habitat restoration along the Grays River, Fossil Creek, Harlow’s Creek, Lower Satsop River, and Rue Creek
• $814,000 for culvert replacement along Delameter Creek and King Creek
• $1.03 million to improve Tam O’Shanter Park
• $1 million to modernize the Port of Ilwaco Boatyard
• $705,000 to renovate a new space for the police station in Long Beach
• $500,000 for Gateway Center in Grays Harbor
• $165,000 to restore the Cathlamet Pioneer Building

It is an honor to represent you in the Legislature. Please reach out anytime. The more I hear from you, the better our work in Olympia can reflect our shared values.

All my best,

Senator Dean Takko