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Rivers, R-La Center, has been a tireless champion of the Public Works Trust Fund. The Fund is an innovative state program that provides low cost loans to build infrastructure delivering safe drinking water and protecting water quality. Since the program was initiated in 1985, almost 100 projects have been constructed in Clark County, partially funded by $217 million in low cost loans from the Fund. Rivers’ continued support for this fiscally responsible program means low cost loans through the Public Works Trust Fund can continue to build the critical projects to protect the public, while keeping utility rates affordable.
A plaque recognizing Rivers was presented on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Clark Regional Wastewater District office in Vancouver. Read more…
Sen. Curtis King’s work to protect young people from skin cancer has made him the Washington State Medical Association’s 2014 Legislator of the Year. Dr. Dale Reisner, association president, presented King, R-Yakima, with the honor at the WSMA annual meeting Saturday.
Earlier this year King shepherded Senate Bill 6065, which prohibits those younger than 18 from using tanning beds, through the legislative process. The new law, which took effect in mid-June, is aimed at reducing cases of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Read more…
Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler today offered the following response to a Seattle radio report that a division of the state Department of Social and Health Services is spending an estimated $600,000 to put on staff workshops in Tacoma.
“The Community Services Division can’t get a handle on the fraud and abuse involving the EBT cards it issues, yet it has no problem bringing thousands of its employees from around the state to a convention center – just so they can spend two days getting ‘engaged’ with their work, at taxpayer expense.
“If DSHS has 600 thousand dollars to splurge on staff workshops, its managers might want to think twice about the requests they bring before our legislative budget committees this next year. And how exactly does this help preserve the state’s ‘safety net,’ which is what people are always asking the Legislature to do?
“The division director indicated these workshops are focused on helping managers communicate the agency mission and vision and goals to their employees. In this day and age, with all the technology that is available to save time and money, it’s hard to understand why DSHS can’t use basic tools like e-mail and webcasting – or even traditional staff meetings – to accomplish that. If this is what the governor meant when he talked about bringing ‘lean management’ to Olympia, it doesn’t seem to be working.”
Schoesler, R-Ritzville, also is a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.