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Dammeier guides annual prayer breakfast

Published on March 11, 2014

More than 500 community leaders and elected officials joined together Friday morning for the 73rd annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Olympia. Sen. Bruce Dammeier served as the master of ceremonies along with Rep. Drew Hansen of Bainbridge Island.

“While it’s easy to get caught up in the hectic legislative session, it’s incredibly important to step away and gain perspective on the work we do,” said Dammeier, of Puyallup.

About 250 college students from the Washington Student Leadership Forum also attended the event, which coincided with the organization’s annual forum. Dammeier met with a group of 20 students to discuss faith and politics during lunch

The gathering included prayer, music and scripture readings with legislators from both sides of the aisle and the Senate and House of Representatives along with statewide community leaders.

“The legislators, student speakers, musicians, Governor Inslee and Hattie Kauffman combined to make it a very powerful program,” continued Dammeier.

Kauffman, a former CBS and ABC journalist and the first Native American to report news on a national television broadcast, delivered the keynote speech.

The program began in 1941 by former Governor Arthur Langley and has been a growing tradition for people from throughout the state to join in worship.

 

Dammeier supports Senate’s bipartisan budget plan

Published on February 27, 2014

Sen. Dammeier speaking on the Senate floor.

Sen. Bruce Dammeier extended his support to the Senate’s supplemental operating budget proposal, which was approved today by the Washington State Senate. The plan updates the Legislature’s two-year budget that went into effect in 2013. Today’s successful legislation does not raise taxes and prioritizes science, technology, engineering and math skills and opportunities for students and job creators.

“This year’s focus is on not disrupting the good work lawmakers did last year while improving opportunities for students to learn high-demand skills,” said Dammeier, who serves on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “Investing in K-12 classroom technology will better prepare students for continued education and careers in the STEM fields.”

The Senate spending plan includes $38 million for K-12 classroom technology, enabling schools to invest in upgrades that best fit their needs. The budget also directs $97 million toward increasing credits required for high-school graduation, which was called for in a bill co-sponsored by Dammeier to better prepare students for college and career.

“Education is our state’s paramount responsibility and that is highlighted in this proposal,” continued Dammeier. “Almost 80% of new spending from revenue growth goes toward education. This builds upon the progress we made last year to turn around the education funding woes of the past 30 years.”

The plan was approved overwhelmingly with a 41-8 vote and is now transmitted to the House of Representatives for consideration. Lawmakers will spend the last two weeks of the 2014 session building consensus on a final budget plan before adjournment on March 13.

 

25th District town-hall meetings on Feb. 22

Published on February 12, 2014

Town Hall Meeting

Senator Bruce Dammeier will be hosting two 25th District town-hall meetings next week. The sessions will include a brief update on the 2014 legislative session currently underway with the majority of the time dedicated to hearing from constituents and answering questions.

  • What: Town-hall meetings with 25th District State Senator Bruce Dammeier
  • When: Saturday, February 22nd at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Where: Fife Library at 6622 20th St E, Fife, WA 98424 (11 a.m.) and the Puyallup Library at 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 (2 p.m.).

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Join me Wednesday for a telephone town-hall meeting

Published on January 24, 2014

Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, will host a telephone town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 and he encourages all 25th District residents to participate.

The hour-long community conversation is much like an interactive radio program, during which listeners are encouraged to ask questions or just listen to the conversation about state and local issues important to their community.

On the evening of the teleforum, participants may call toll-free 1-877-229-8493 and when prompted, enter pin number 14998 to join the call.

 

Dammeier bill would invest in high-skills education, workforce

Published on January 17, 2014

While Washington features one of the strongest job markets for science, technology, engineering and math skills, its students rank near the bottom for overall preparedness to fill those positions. Sen. Bruce Dammeier has proposed a measure aimed at turning that around by helping high schools pay for 21st-century instructional facilities.

“The skills required for employment in Washington have changed drastically over the past 20 years,” said Dammeier, R-Puyallup, who serves as vice-chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee and on the budget committee. “Learning math and science skills that prepare students for today’s jobs requires hands-on instruction and advanced equipment.

“We’ve also focused on providing more opportunities for schools in lower-income areas where it’s difficult to raise enough funds to pay for additional programs. By ensuring all students have access to STEM facilities we can make progress closing Washington’s achievement gap.”

Dammeier’s proposal would create a competitive grant program for STEM-related investments in public high schools statewide. Grants could go toward building construction, equipment and facilities that support STEM training. The program would put priority on upgrades or replacement of outdated facilities.

“Anytime we can improve education and provide more skilled workers for businesses, the better. Being able to do both simultaneously represents a responsible investment in the future,” continued Dammeier. “Continuing to prioritize STEM education will pay long-term dividends for Washington residents and our economy.”

Dammeier spent time between legislative sessions to work with staff from Washington High School in Tacoma with support from the Franklin Pierce School District to develop a plan based on firsthand experience by the school.

The bill received a public hearing Thursday in the Senate Ways and Means Committee meeting during the first week of the Legislature’s 60-day session.