Greetings Friends and Neighbors
Blue Ribbon Commission on Children and Families
While the Legislature has been out of session, I have been working on a variety of projects and interim committees. One that has taken up a great deal of my time has been the governor’s blue ribbon commission on children and families. This group of legislators, state agencies, and community stakeholders has been looking at ways to improve delivery and coordination of state services. The ultimate goal is to create a new state agency that, “…will align state policies across agencies and have accountability for better using the state’s resources to improve the lives of children and families.”
I do support making sure that those in need have access to state services, but the state needs to do a better job coordinating with community and faith-based resources. I am concerned with the costs of creating a new state agency which may be prohibitive. You can read the final report of the Commission here and read a recent editorial from the Seattle Times Editorial Board on the work here.
13th District Senator
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