Secured over $1 billion for new transportation investments in our community to create jobs and promote the interconnectivity of our region, including $878.9 million to connect the North Spokane Corridor to I-90, $15 million to kick-start the Central City Line transit system, and $8.8 million for the U-District Gateway Bridge.
Delivered $11.8 million to enable WSU Spokane to pursue accreditation for a new medical school.
Funded key infrastructure improvements for community service centers, including $300,000 for the Corbin Senior Activity Center elevator, $300,000 for Women & Children’s Free Restaurant’s new home, $85,000 for the MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center redesign, and $230,000 to expand daycare slots at the Peaceful Valley Community Center.
Protecting Kids, Families and our most Vulnerable
Secured funding for vital community services, including $400,000 for the Northwest Autism Center and $188,000 for Partners With Families & Children’s medical program for victims of child abuse.
Promoted increased funding to address youth homelessness and fought off a damaging restructuring of the Aged, Blind and Disabled program.
Increased investments in mental health services and passed legislation to improve quality mental health care and substance abuse treatment.
Investing in Education
Secured an additional $159 million to increase access to high-quality early-learning programs.
Delivered $1.3 billion in new investments for education so that every child has an opportunity to thrive.
Sponsored legislation to help ease the classroom crunch in our over-crowded schools.
Lowered tuition at Washington’s public colleges and universities for the first time in state history.
Recipient of the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Student Government Council of WSU, and be recognized as the 2013 Washington Student Association Legislator of the Year.
Creating a Healthier Washington
Prime-sponsored and passed legislation paving the way for a new WSU medical school in Spokane.
Expanded Medicaid to cover more than 35,000 previously uninsured people in Spokane County and ensure they have access to the health and dental care they need.
Passed a workplace safety bill ensuring protective equipment for our individual home care providers to improve safety precautions for workers and their clients, and to reduce the burden on a workforce critical to our healthcare delivery system.