A Strong Economy for All
My top priority has been, and continues to be, ensuring family wage jobs for all in our community and across Washington State. As we continue to recover from the greatest economic recession of our generation, many are still struggling to make ends meet. That’s why I’ve fought for legislation and projects that strengthen job creation on the Olympic Peninsula, providing common sense incentives for businesses to keep jobs local and put our community to work.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. State government needs to do all it can to make it easier for our local businesses to thrive and be successful. I’ve consistently worked to reduce red tape and streamline the permitting process for small businesses across Washington State. Small businesses make our community strong and I am proud to stand with them.
A Secure Retirement for Every Worker
Over the past decade, we’ve seen the dream of a secure retirement fade for too many. Those currently retired wonder whether the retirement they worked hard for will be enough, working families saw their savings dwindle during the recession, and young people often feel like the dream of retirement in unattainable. I will continue to support strong pensions and retirement for public servants and fight the privatization of critical retirement services. Workers, whether in the public or private sector, should have options when it comes to their retirement and I will keep working to make possible. Every worker deserves to retire with dignity, regardless of industry.
Improving Our Schools
We must meet our constitutional duty to fully fund public education. For too long, the legislature has debated how to solve this problem and Senate Republicans have dragged out that debate. My wife is a high school teacher here in Sequim and as the father of two children in our public schools, I know first-hand the time to act is now. We need to work together to solve our funding crisis and put an end to partisan games.
I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find common ground and move the Senate toward a solution that works for our kids.