Proposed Legislation

The 5th Legislative District Democrats focus on the following issues in particular:

HEALTH CARE

We believe that healthcare should be accessible and affordable for all. We support the defense and adequate funding of Medicare and Medicaid.

EDUCATION

  • Fully fund basic education by 2018 as required by the state constitution and Supreme Court, including the higher costs of special needs students. Any necessary new revenue should be progressive, such as a capital gains tax, and local school districts’ ability to raise local levies must be protected.

    Oppose the Republican school funding proposal to eliminate local levies and replace them with a new statewide property tax, lowering funding for more than 605,000 students and implementing the largest property tax increase in history. It removes local control and local levies that are one of the reasons schools in the 5th Legislative District have the best teachers, outstanding graduation rates, and state-of-the-art resources in each classroom. It is built on the myth of Puget Sound region wealth and a desire to tax here and spend elsewhere.

    Increase teacher pay so that Washington is not one of the lowest in the nation.

  • Oppose arbitrary tax decreases, or arbitrary lids on tax increases, that do not have specific offsetting expenditure decreases. Oppose requirements for greater than majority votes to raise revenues as un-democratic.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, HUMAN SERVICES, IMMIGRATION, LEGAL SYSTEM

We believe that a sustainable economy with strong communities requires living-wage jobs, tax fairness, opportunity, and shared prosperity for all. All immigrants should be afforded full human rights and a fair, safe, and timely determination of their status.

Oppose religious tests in immigration and travel by foreigners to the U.S. and policies that exclude immigrants based on country of origin.  Protect Immigration as not a matter of homeland security.

TRANSPORTATION

We believe that an efficient, well-planned, multimodal transportation system promotes a healthy economy, environment and community.

  • Obtain state funding for a roundabout at the Cedar Grove/ SR 169 intersection. Because of the congestion at the SR18/I-90 interchange, more drivers are taking alternate routes, clogging SR 169 between Maple Valley and Renton. A DOT traffic safety study last year indicates that a roundabout at the Cedar Grove/ SR 169 intersection could speed up the flow of traffic in this area.
  • Obtain county, state and federal funding to mitigate impacts of regional traffic on district roads. Regional traffic avoiding clogged I-405 is taking much of the capacity built and paid for locally to handle local needs such as the SR 900, Sunset Interchange and Highlands Drive.
  • Expand rapid transit and accelerate timing of extending light rail to Issaquah

ENVIRONMENT

We believe in protecting our environment by addressing climate change, adopting sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, fishery and forestry methods, enforcing antitrust laws that apply to agribusiness, and deciding about water resources based on sound, credible scientific and economic information, including local concerns.

  • Oppose weakening the Growth Management Act