Greetings from Olympia! Today is the deadline for any bill with a fiscal impact to pass at the fiscal-committee level in order to keep moving during this 2019 legislative session. The exceptions to this rule are bills necessary to implement state government’s capital, transportation or operating budgets.
In this legislative update, I’ll focus on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and my work as co-chair of the Legislature’s SciTech caucus.
STEM education helps prepare our students, starting in middle school, to have a leg-up on others as they enter a 21st-century workforce. I am so proud of our district for many reasons. When it comes to STEM education, we are leading the state! We are home to an array of growing industries: information and technology, education, healthcare, engineering and construction. Preparing our students now for careers in these fields is not only good for them but also ensures the skilled workforce needed to keep these businesses in our backyard. Continuing to support our local STEM education is one of my top priorities and I continue to look for ways to promote it and see it grow.