18 12, 2013

Governor proposes “hold steady” supplemental budget

December 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing what he calls a “hold steady” supplemental budget for the 2014 Legislative Session. Click here for a link to the budget documents.

The $250 million supplemental budget includes maintenance-level increases for rising caseloads in K-12 education and corrections, increased participation in the College Bound scholarship program, wildfire funds and fixes to the 2013-15 biennial budget.

In continuing the state’s efforts to bolster its support for K-12 education, Inslee’s budget includes $3 million for new teacher mentoring, $1 million for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Alliance and $250,000 for early warning dropout prevention.

The governor’s budget also includes $10.3 million to provide youth mental health services to high-need patients, $10.8 million in fire suppression costs for the Department of Natural Resources, and $5.1 million to open a new medium security unit at the Washington State Penitentiary.

The governor also highlighted the fact that one-time fixes used in the 2013-15 budget will not be available for the 2015-17 budget, leaving budget writers with many holes to fill in the next biennium.

The 2014 legislative session begins on Jan. 13.

17 12, 2013

Pedersen sworn in as senator for the 43rd Legislative District

December 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|

State Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, was sworn into office to represent the 43rd Legislative District on Monday night at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

Pedersen replaces former Sen. Ed Murray, who resigned following his election as mayor of Seattle in November. The King County Council unanimously approved Pedersen’s appointment earlier in the day.

Pedersen has served since 2006 in the State House, where he was chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He also served on the House Appropriations Committee, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, and the House Higher Education Committee.

“I am honored to serve the people of the 43rd Legislative District,” Pedersen said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the Senate.”

He was joined by his family and Seattle Mayor-elect Murray during the ceremony, which took place prior to a performance by the Seattle Men’s Chorus. Pedersen has sung with the chorus since 1996. Pedersen lives on Capitol Hill with his husband, Eric Pedersen, and their sons Trygve, Leif, Erik and Anders.

12 12, 2013

Sen. Nelson’s statement on Boeing’s decision to relocate research and tech jobs

December 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Senate Democratic leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, released the statement below Thursday in response to a decision by Boeing to move research and technology jobs to other states resulting in the loss of as many as 1,200 jobs:

“Boeing’s announcement that it’s moving 800-1,200 jobs out of Washington State is both unfortunate and disappointing.

“Our state and Boeing have a long and prosperous relationship, and the loss of these high tech jobs will have an impact throughout Washington.

“The pool of talent in Washington State is deep. Our state has long been a destination for people across the nation and from around the world in search of high tech jobs. This is of course in addition to the thousands of Washingtonians who have been innovators in this and other fields for generations.

“Our thoughts are with the families across the state that will be impacted by Boeing’s decision.”