Dave on the Issues
Now, more than ever, we need leaders who prioritize public health and healthcare that protects our families and community. After listening to doctors and nursing home experts, Dave fought to increase Medicaid rates to help rural healthcare providers and nursing homes in our District.
Working across the aisle, Dave supported:
· Lowering the cost of prescription drugs for our seniors and families (House Bill 1224 and Senate Bill 6088)
· Reducing the cost of insulin, a life-saving drug needed by so many in our community (House Bill 2662)
· Approving $225 million for funding our state’s COVID-19 response including
· Funding critical mental health and substance recovery services across our region
“The engine of our economy starts with outstanding K-12, trade school, community college, and university programs that generate living-wage jobs.”
Dave understands the importance of K-12 public education and works closely with schools throughout the 10th District to ensure our students are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
Dave is a leader in supporting students to find pathways to family-wage jobs. He works closely with school districts, colleges, legislators, and advocates to strengthen dual-credit programs like Running Start, CTE Dual Credit, and College in the High School. These are proven, cost-effective programs that help reduce the cost of college and student debt while helping students get to family-wage jobs sooner. Dave sponsored legislation to:
· Reduce the costs of Running Start and College in the High School for working families (House Bill 1973)
· Establish a Running Start program to allow students to take these valuable classes in the summer term (House Bill 2864)
Dave sponsored legislation to better support paraeducators, and he will continue to fight for fully funding public schools and special education programs.
As Vice Chair of the House Education Committee, Dave helped ensure the Legislature removed high-stakes testing as a requirement for high school graduation (House Bill 1599).
Dave is also committed to affordable college education and is a champion for two-year community college and technical education opportunities for Washingtonians.
“Our communities are stronger when we have a healthy economy that provides equitable opportunities to all–not just the wealthy and those who have access to ample resources. Too often, those without political representation are marginalized and suffer economic and societal injustices, including lack of equal pay and jobs that provide a living wage.”
The engine of our economy starts with outstanding K-12, trade school, community college, and university programs that generate living-wage jobs. We must ensure that residents of the 10th District have access to training for the jobs of tomorrow and are paid justly for their work.
Dave will continue to champion legislation that:
· Ensures workers earn a living wage relative to the area they live in – including the 10th District
· Guarantees the right of unions to collectively bargain
· Mandates better parental leave policies, provides more childcare options, and encourages more flexible work schedules
· Requires pay transparency in order to allow workers to see if they are unpaid compared to their peers
· Builds pathways that connect more residents to apprentice, community college, and university programs
Protecting Our Quality of Life
“I’m committed to partnering with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support and introduce legislation that protects our natural resources, creates a robust clean energy economy, and encourages careers in renewable energy.”
The 10th District is a beautiful place to call home. Dave has been a champion for cleaning up and preserving our public lands for fishing, hunting, and recreation. In 2019, he delivered over $13 million in funding to improve and repair local hatcheries and state parks.
Dave will continue to work to reduce the effects of climate change on the industries vital to the 10th District, such as farming, fishing, and tourism.
In the Legislature, Dave fought for common sense solutions for our District and our State, including:
· Reducing greenhouse gases by investing in farming and forestry to capture excess carbon (House Bill 2311)
· Transitioning to a 100% clean electrical grid that phases out coal-fired electricity by 2025 (Senate Bill 5116)
Washington state is in an unique position to develop a strong clean energy economy that provides workers with living-wage jobs: it has a robust university system that includes top-tier research institutions, it has strong manufacturing and technology industries, and it has a great community and technical college system that can train workers.
“I believe our Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and their Spouses are incredibly talented and have skills and knowledge that transition well into our local economy. I’m humbled and proud to have led the expansion of support for veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families at Skagit Valley College, including the creation of the Veteran Student Center, the hiring of Vet Corp staffers, and formation of a student Vet Club.”
At Skagit Valley College, Dave oversaw the expansion of support for veteran students.
In Olympia, he continues to support veterans, active duty personnel, and their families by increasing access to education opportunities, affordable housing, and healthcare. After meeting with veterans and hearing their concerns, Dave sponsored bipartisan legislation to help remove hurdles for military families, including:
· Granting veterans and their children in-state tuition as they transition from military service to civilian life (House Bill 2543)
· Ensuring veterans who earned a campaign badge or campaign medal receive full retirement benefits from the state of Washington (House Bill 2544)
Dave is a leader on veterans issues in the State Legislature. Both bills passed with unanimous support in both the House and Senate.