Issues

Working for Everyone in Our Community

Steve is a recognized leader in the Legislature for his work to pass paid family leave, expand workforce development, support apprenticeship training programs, and create living wage jobs and policies that support all families, including immigrants and refugees. He helped create jobs in our district by securing funding for Wapato Lake Restoration, South Tacoma Star Center, Pierce County Skill Center, and Cross Park development. He also helped secure transportation investments, including a link between the Port of Tacoma & Highway 167 and I-5 JBLM congestion relief. In the last session, he voted to reduce property taxes and expand the senior property tax exemption and currently coordinates a bipartisan Pierce County delegation to reduce car tab fees.

Delivering on Education and Training

Steve has worked closely with our teachers, school district and school boards to protect their role in educating our youth. He agrees with the need to place the success of our youth above testing, and has pledged to place more funding into our schools. He is also a champion of vocational training and higher education, receiving the McNaughton Leadership Award from our independent colleges. He believes that education and training is the foundation of equal opportunity, democracy and a strong middle class.

Increasing Public Safety

Steve has always stood with law enforcement. Steve has worked in Pierce County to keep sex predators from being placed in our district with his work on 'fair share' legislation. He worked closely with law enforcement to address the problems of boarding the mentally ill in our jails. He is endorsed by our police and firefighters and is an honorary firefighter. His priority is both keeping our neighborhoods and our first responders safe, and he’s a six-time winner of the Washington State Council of Police and Sheriffs as Legislator of the year.

Honoring Our Veterans and Looking Out for Active Duty Military

Steve has always supported active military and honored veterans.  Both in the House and Senate, he has sponsored legislation to help disabled, senior, and homeless veterans as well as transition services for our returning soldiers. He has been recognized twice by the Department of Veteran Affairs as their Legislator of the Year. He also received a special commendation from by the Department of Defense for his work on assisting veterans in transitioning into jobs.

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