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Senator Fain on Supreme Court McCleary response Senator Fain on Supreme Court McCleary response
Following the state Supreme Court’s response to the Legislature, Sen. Joe Fain of Senate Majority leadership issued this statement: “We agree with the court that the local levy issue remains unresolved. 30 years of an unconstitutional levy structure has created unconscionable pockets of poverty where teachers and students have been...
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Preventing gang activity, giving youth the future they deserve Preventing gang activity, giving youth the future they deserve
Opinion column by Senator Joe Fain and Representative Eric Pettigrew ——– Criminal street gangs are a serious burden in Central and South King County. Gang violence is not a new phenomenon and needs to be addressed. The most fertile ground for the spread of gangs is the hearts and minds...
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Transportation package: a rare moment of compromise in the U.S. Transportation package: a rare moment of compromise in the U.S.
Opinion column by Senator Joe Fain and Representative Judy Clibborn  LAST week, the Legislature defied conventional wisdom and approved a historic investment in our state’s transportation system that will benefit our region for decades. There is a belief that big things are no longer possible in modern politics. We are...
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Historic investments in education without raising taxes
The Washington State Senate debates SSB 6052 - Making 2015 fiscal year and 2015-2017 fiscal year operating appropriations, June 29, the 2nd day of the 2015 Third Special Session.
Historic investments in education without raising taxes
Lawmakers approved a new two-year state budget that fully funds education, provides the first tuition cut in state history and improves mental health treatment without raising taxes, according to Sen. Joe Fain. “When students return to school this fall they’ll find a system that was truly prioritized in order to...
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