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

  • Eliminate the school funding “levy cliff” to avoid layoff notices for teachers and services cuts for students, including kids with special needs.
  • 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.

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.

TRANSPORTATION

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

  • Accelerate state funding for a new interchange at Highway 18 and Interstate 90 by five years to 2018. Planning funding does not currently begin until 2023, which is not soon enough given the significant traffic delays, the number of accidents, the danger from the increasing level of frustrated drivers performing illegal traffic maneuvers, and the hampering of commerce and that is hurting Washington’s businesses — particularly freight travelling from Eastern Washington to our ports.
  • 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.