ISSUES

From Healthcare to Public Transit

I firmly believe that patients with the help of their doctors need to make  healthcare decisions and not politicians, which is why I sponsored HB1152 which insures medical professionals are on public health boards across our state. In addition, I helped secure $50 million dedicated to Spokane Transit for a comprehensive bus rapid transit system. As we look to protect public health we have to recognize the link to public transit. Our community needs a good quality public transit system that can get people to their doctors appointment.

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Gun Violence Prevention

As a father of two, I will do everything I can to ensure that we are not the next community visited by the scourge of gun violence. In this last session, I helped pass SB 5078, reducing the size of gun magazines. When re-elected, I will continue to fight to do everything I can to reduce gun violence.

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Making Sure all Workers are Protected, and can Collectively Bargain

We have the 40-hour work week because of Unions, which was won through collective bargaining. In the last session, I passed HB 2124 to extend collective bargaining rights to legislative staff. In addition, I was also able to increase law enforcement and firefighter pension benefits and competitive state patrol salaries. Making sure workers are taken care of will continue to be a top priority.

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Winning Investments in Our Community, and Growing the Economy

One of my top priorities is to ensure Spokane and eastern Washington is not left behind and that Olympia is funding our region. I have ensured that the state is investing in the North Spokane Corridor so that we can finish this essential project. I’ve also sponsored HB 1914 to bring more film productions to Washington. When I return to Olympia, I will continue to make sure that our community continues to receive investment.

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Promoting Community Safety

Our police, firefighters, and first responders are the first line in keeping our community safe. For us to be safe it starts by making sure we take care of our first responder. I was able to win increased funding for the state’s law enforcement academy, and get through state-wide efforts to reduce catalytic converter theft. Safety will continue to be a priority for me in our community.

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Feeding Student Success

To ensure student success, we need to make sure children do not go to school hungry. This session I was able to pass HB 1878 which will provide thousands of meals to school children across our state and in Spokane. There is still more work to do though, and if you send me back to Olympia I will continue to work to protect our children’s health, and ensure no child is going to school hungry.

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