During this important time in our history, I want to continue my efforts to protect workers, help local businesses, ensure children receive a high quality education, and provide care for the vulnerable members of our society. This is why I am running for another term in the senate.
How much our world has changed! We have gone from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a near standstill in our daily routines.
One thing is clear, experience matters! We need legislators who understand the importance of government and the services it provides. Washington State needs leaders who are able to assess situations and make tough decisions, and I fear we will have all too many tough decisions in the coming weeks and months.
The last two sessions are full of major accomplishments—access to democracy elections legislation, paid family leave, increased funding for education, protections for public employees’ privacy, behavioral health, affordable housing, early learning, the environment and other areas important to the people of this state. This biennium’s budget leaves more than $3.5 billion in reserves – an extraordinarily important figure given what we face in these unprecedented and unpredictable times. We finished the session on time, only the third time in the last 79 years that has happened!
How will we hold all this together? Will there have to be a special session later in the year? When will life return to “normal”? What lessons will we learn from this experience? No one is sure, but I am committed to fighting for the safety and well-being of everyone in my district and across our state. Our governor and our legislature are keeping a steady hand on the wheel and showing the nation that Washington state is blessed with strong leadership. We are listening to the experts, following science and taking action to reduce barriers to services, working to protect our communities. That is why experience matters.