A fine example of the right attitude comes from last session’s bill co-sponsored by Rep. Hawkins and Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane. Though they were freshmen legislators, they were able to persuade their colleagues that it wasn’t good enough to put information online if it was difficult to navigate. As a result, the public will soon be able to access an online map of capital and transportation budgets to easily discern spending by county and legislative districts.
Riccelli asked the hospital to eat the cost of the replacement worker contracts and allow the full return of its nurses and other workers, but the hospital declined.
“I hope that, particularly in this time of great divisions, we can all reflect on his legacy of setting partisan differences aside to advance public policy for the greater good,” said state Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane. “All of us in public service should strive to live up to his high standards.
“We need more access for quality child care,” Riccelli said. “I think everybody on every side of the issue agrees on that.”
Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, said the Medicaid expansion will affect an estimated 30,000 people in Spokane, about 24,000 who will become eligible for health coverage and about 6,000 people who are currently eligible but haven’t signed up.
State Representative Marcus Riccelli from Spokane said its not just the high profile cases we hear about, but the tests that come back negative that justify keeping the lab. However the most recent work done at the lab in the Ricin investigation is the perfect example of why these local officials keeping the lab open is worth fighting for.