As a member of the Capital Budget committee, secured over $130 million for Spokane in recent capital budgets, building local infrastructure and jobs. Projects include the $103K YWCA Family Justice Center, a $67 million science building for Eastern Washington University, $155K for a kitchen for the Emmanuel Life Center, $2.4 million for the Spokane County Jail Diversion Facility, $1.25 million toward the new Spokane County Medical Examiner Facility, $80K for a new roof for the West Central Community Center and $495K to the development of the South Gorge Trail.
In previous years 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
Delivered $11.8 million to enable WSU Spokane to pursue accreditation for a new medical school.
Spearheaded a statewide effort to expand dental capacity that will bring dental care to an additional 60,000 people in our community. This includes a new clinic at the East Central Community Center, and a dental residency program that will expand Medicaid-eligible treatment near Holy Family.
Secured $2 million to fund three new dental clinics in Spokane, bringing dental care to an additional 60,000 people in our community. Clinics include locations at Sacred Heart, Holy Family and a dental residency program that will expand Medicaid-eligible treatment.
Secured $125 million of the states transportation budget for projects in Spokane including $8.1 million for the Spokane Central City Line connection of U-District to Browne’s Addition, $8.5 million for the U-District Gateway Pedestrian Bridge, $75.1 million toward continued progress on the North Spokane Corridor, $3.9 million for the Monroe-Regal High Performance Transit Corridor, $2.1 million for the Spokane Falls Community College Transit Station and $300,000 for the Riverfront Park Triangle Truss Bridge replacement.
Protecting Kids, Families and our most Vulnerable
Prime sponsored and passed legislation that fights the affordable housing crisis by ending source of income discrimination by landlords.
Ensured a secure drug take-back program would fight the opioid crisis and protect our youth.
Sponsored and passed legislation that requires high-need schools to offer breakfast to students after class begins, because many children in our community only eat when a meal is provided to them at school.
Investing in Education
Fully funded K-12 education in the state operating budget.
Delivered $776 million in raises for teachers and school employees with an additional $29 million in benefits.
Reduced the waitlist for the State Need Grant.
Secured $27 million for students in special education.
Prime sponsored and passed legislation that improves physical education programs by requiring that they review the effectiveness of their program and share that information with the public.
Creating a Healthier Washington
Prime-sponsored and passed legislation paving the way for the new WSU medical school in Spokane.
Closed a gap in health care policy that had prevented Pacific Islanders in Washington from receiving Medicaid benefits, despite their paying taxes and serving in our military.
Added $165 million to our mental health system, improving state hospitals and community health treatment services.
Set up a grant application process for schools to upgrade their kitchen and nutrition program to be able to fight childhood obesity and diabetes.
Passed legislation that gives women access to a full range of reproductive care in health insurance plans, instead of the bare minimum.
Expanded access to physicians in underserved areas via telemedicine and streamlined medical licensure practices.
Sponsored and helped pass bills to improve health screenings for Washington’s children, including legislation to reduce delays and cover heart screenings, as well as a bill to ensure access to developmental and autism screenings for all of Washington’s children, regardless of their family’s economic situation.
Standing up for the middle class
Cut property taxes previously raised by state Republicans.
Prime sponsored and passed legislation that created the Responsible Representation Act, which gives a more powerful voice to the voters and ensures a more responsive government.
Updated the Equal Pay Opportunity Act for the first time since 1943, ending the secrecy surrounding wages that often leaves women with lower pay than their male colleagues.
Prime-sponsored 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.