Dear Friends and Neighbors,
With the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session, I've returned home. However, my work on behalf of Central Washington residents continues. Along with several committee meetings and on-going work for our district, over the next few months, I'll continue to develop legislation focused on revising our state's foster care system.
Creating better outcomes for children and families is one of my top priorities. We simply must do a better job for the children who need foster care services—and their caretakers. Over the next several months, I'll be working on a group of bills that would revise guidelines for the permanent placement of children in the foster care system.
Capital budget projects
Although the recently approved state operating budget included several taxes—all of which I voted against—there was some good news. The state's bipartisan 2019-21 capital budget includes more than $49 million in local area projects, including $2.5 million for permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans in Yakima. The state's “brick and mortar” construction spending plan also includes other allocations for the 14th District, including:
- Virginia Mason Acute Stabilization – $2.2 million
- Yakima Neighborhood Health Services – $488,000
- Yakima Valley Farm Workers – $309,000
- YVFWC Children's Village – $1 million
- Goldendale Airport – $550,000
- Centerville Grange – $90,000
- Naches Fire/Rescue – $200,000
- Skamania Courthouse Plaza – $150,000
- Innovative Health Care and Learning Center (Yakima) Phase I – $500,000
- SOZO Sports Indoor Arena – $600,000
For a complete list of capital budget projects in the 14th, click here and then select “14th Legislative District.”
District office – come in for a visit!
I've opened my district office in Yakima. Residents of the 14th District are invited to come and meet with me to share their ideas and concerns about state government.
Location: 423 N. 20th Avenue, Yakima, 98902
Hours: Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.—closed every other Monday.
You are invited!
Along with my seatmate, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, I'll be hosting Legislative Update Meetings across the 14th District. We want to talk to you about the recent legislative session and listen to your concerns and comments about state government.
The meetings will take place at the following dates/times and locations:
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
East County Fire and Rescue Station 93
121 N.E. 312th Ave.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Skamania County Hegewald Center
710 S.W. Rock Creek Drive
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lyle Activity Center
WA-14 and 3rd Street
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Quality Inn and Suites
808 E. Simcoe Drive
12 noon – 1 p.m.
5621 Summitview Ave.
For more information about our Legislative Update Meetings call my district office in Yakima at (509) 454-7210.
Please remember, I work for you year-round. If you would like to meet with me to discuss the recent legislative session, or you have an idea or concerns about state government, please send me an email or give me a call.
It's an honor to represent you!