The 49th Legislative District newsletter is now available online. The newsletter, with updates from Sen. Annette Cleveland, Rep. Jim Moeller and Rep. Sharon Wylie may be found here.
Thank you very much to everyone who attended the town hall meeting last Saturday at the Vancouver Public Library. We had a great turnout and it was terrific to see so many community members engaged and interested in issues that affect our community and our quality of life.
2014 Legislative Session begins
As your state senator from Vancouver and the 49th Legislative District, I remain honored and humbled to continue to serve you and our community. I believe that all members of our community should have access to quality education, quality health care and quality jobs. This year, with only 60 days in the session, we have a limited amount of time to complete our work. I look forward to working with my colleagues and you to help make our community healthier and stronger.
New committee assignments
I am very pleased to announce that I have been appointed to a seat on the Senate Transportation Committee. Our state, and our region in particular, needs to see a financial commitment that invests in our transportation infrastructure system. Leaders from all four caucuses in the Legislature and Gov. Inslee have been working on this issue over the course of the last year. As a member of the Transportation Committee, I will be able to lend my voice and the Clark County perspective as we address our transportation needs. We can’t have healthy communities if we are stuck in traffic getting to school, to work and to medical appointments. We can’t move forward if we can’t move.
In addition to serving on the Transportation Committee, I will continue to serve on the Early Learning, K-12 Education and Health Care committees.
Continued support for replacing the antiquated I-5 bridges
Last week the Oregon State Legislature held an interim committee meeting to discuss the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). I am pleased that Oregon has not given up on this critical project and continues to move forward with meaningful discussion. The work in the weeks, months and years to come will not be easy; however, a majority of Washington state legislators stand in support of the CRC and Oregon’s commendable efforts to not give up on this vital project.
Our states have a shared, vested interest in a positive outcome of this critical project. U.S. Senator Patty Murray recently secured $65 million in the omnibus appropriations bill that just passed in Congress. This money cannot be used for anything but the replacement of the antiquated I-5 bridges and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the river to come to a positive conclusion.
We all have a stake in what happens here in our state capitol and I hope you will contact me, my office or visit my website if you have a comment, concern or question. You are an integral part to the democratic process and I hope to hear from you.
Until next time,
Sen. Annette Cleveland, D- Vancouver, issued the following statement after the Oregon State Legislature’s interim committee hearing today to discuss the Columbia River Crossing (CRC):
“The Oregon State Legislature today continued dialogue on the replacement of the antiquated Interstate 5 bridges — the major transportation issue of our time for our region.
“Last fall, I sent the members of the Oregon State Legislature a letter that contained the signatures of 74 Washington legislators —a majority of both bodies — who supported efforts to replace the antiquated bridges in favor of the Columbia River Crossing. As a result of stalwart opposition by Washington’s Senate Republicans, we failed to provide our state’s portion of the necessary funding to move this critical project forward, jeopardizing our qualification for a significant amount of federal funding.
“Unfortunately, the political climate in the Washington State Senate today is not any better than it was last year. It’s a disgrace and a disservice that, in this case, politics in Washington got in the way of protecting our citizens and supporting an infrastructure project that would have a positive impact on our state and our local economies for years to come.
“I am pleased that Oregon has not given up on this critical project and continues to move forward with meaningful discussion. The work in the weeks, months and years to come will not be easy; however, a majority of Washington state legislators stand in support of the CRC and Oregon’s commendable efforts to not give up on this vital project.
“The citizens of both Oregon and Washington deserve to have healthy communities and access to quality education, health care and jobs. Investing in our region’s transportation infrastructure and this crossing is an integral component in creating those sustainable, healthy communities.
“Our states have a shared, vested interest in a positive outcome of this critical project. As a Washington state senator, I stand at the ready to do all I can to work together with my colleagues and yours to come to a solution that both states can fully embrace.”
Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, today was appointed to a seat on the Senate Transportation Committee and issued the following statement:
“I believe investment in our transportation infrastructure is absolutely integral to the economic growth and viability of our state and region. I am very pleased to be able to more effectively lend my voice to the transportation discussion and focus on how we can spur economic development while ensuring that our state is moving as efficiently and safely as possible.
“I remain focused on working to ensure that my community and our state remain one of opportunity for all. This means focusing on key pillars of a healthy community; access to quality education; access to quality jobs and access to quality health care. All of these pillars require efficient, reliable, safe transportation.
“Transportation impacts the broader health of our community as well as the health of individuals. On a daily basis all across our state, people are too often stuck in traffic. This is a frustration that impacts our quality of life.
“Vancouver and Clark County come with their own unique set of transportation issues. The discussion is often polarizing and political; however, I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that projects of vital importance to our community and region are addressed.
“Our state heavily relies on our ability to be able to move goods and people. We have our work cut out for us and I look forward to our work in the committee that will help produce real results and lasting improvements to our state’s transportation infrastructure now and in the future.”
In addition to the Transportation Committee, Cleveland will serve on the Early Learning & K-12 Education and Health Care Committees. She is also a part of the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership as the assistant floor leader.
The meeting will be an opportunity for the community to receive an update on the Legislature’s 2014 session priorities as well as an opportunity to speak directly to the 49th District lawmakers with questions, comments and concerns.
The two-hour meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in the Columbia Room of the Vancouver Public Library at 901 C St. in Vancouver.