Rep. Chris Corry sworn into office, announces committee assignments

Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, was officially sworn in today as the newest representative for the 14th Legislative District. The district includes most of Yakima County, a small section of Clark County and all of Klickitat and Skamania counties.

Corry says his key legislative priorities include job growth and economic development, amply funding public schools, and the care and protection of foster children.

“I want to make a difference for the people of Central Washington. Today, the real work begins. As I've talked to people throughout the district, they've shared their concerns and thoughts about what needs to be done,” said Corry. “Although I'll be working on hundreds of different concerns throughout the session, my goal will always be how to make our region an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Corry will serve on four standing House committees:  Education, Capital Budget, Human Services and Early Learning, and Rules.

“I'm grateful for these appointments. They're a good fit for the issues facing our communities,” added Corry.

The Education Committee considers K-12 education policy and funding. At the conclusion of the 2018 session, lawmakers approved a new K-12 funding model, designed to lower school districts' reliance on local property taxes to pay teacher and staff salaries. This added $1 billion of salary compensation for teachers and staff. It also brought the state into compliance with the State Supreme Court's “McCleary” ruling, which mandated the ample funding of basic education. Despite the additional funding, Corry says many school districts are telling him they took a financial blow because of the reforms.

“We need to help schools hurt by the recent changes. Although we've put more dollars into K-12 education, the new funding model may need to be adjusted. I'm optimistic we can get our schools the help they need, without putting the state's new plan in jeopardy,” stated Corry.

The Capital Budget Committee considers many infrastructure and construction projects throughout the state. The 14th District representative says he will ensure critical local government infrastructure projects get the attention they deserve.

“This appointment gives me the opportunity to shine a brighter light on project needs in Central Washington,” said Corry. “Specifically, I'd like to see more dollars going towards transitional veteran housing.”

The Human Services and Early Learning Committee oversees a broad array of issues concerning families and children, including foster care, parent education, family reconciliation services and children's mental health and protection. Corry says this assignment is one he takes very seriously.

“As a foster parent, I'm very concerned about our state's youth. We need to do all we can to help not just kids in foster care, but also those falling between the cracks of our system. It's important we reconnect kids and families, while at the same time, ensure taxpayer investments have the best possible impact.”

The Rules Committee reviews schedules and adopts floor resolutions. The committee does not consider a specific area of policy. Instead, it fulfills the important function of deciding what, and when, bills come to the House floor.

“For a freshman legislator, this is an amazing appointment. Without question, this committee affects every proposal as it moves through the legislative process. This gives me the unique opportunity to advocate for our communities on a wide variety of issues,” he added.

Corry can be reached via email at chris.corry@leg.wa.gov or by calling (360) 786-7810 and scheduling an appointment. Letters can be mailed to Rep. Corry's office at P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600

The legislative session began today, Jan. 14, and will last for 105 consecutive days.

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