Typing “stand-up guy” into Google ought to bring up a photo of state senator David Frockt. He passed the Foreclosure Fairness Act, created a rebate program for low-income public transit riders, and supports raising taxes on the wealthy—instituting a capital gains tax and an income tax, and closing corporate tax loopholes—in order to fund education. He was also the only Democratic legislator who didn’t get flustered and defensive when asked to account for voting in favor of Boeing’s $9 billion tax break. It was a devil’s bargain worth making, he explained. We disagree, but Frockt gets props for offering a somewhat coherent argument to back up his actions. His challenger, Republican Van Sperry, didn’t bother to speak to the SECB. He’s running against “burdensome regulations and taxation.” Vote Frockt.
Jul 18, 2014 at 9:00AM
The State Legislature appropriated $300,000 for development of a Town Green or Public Gathering Space as part of the Kenmore Village project.
Forty-sixth District Sen. David Frockt and State Rep. Gerry Pollet and Rep. Jessyn Farrell requested the appropriation on behalf of the city.
“This Town Green will go a long way toward giving us our own sense of place here in Kenmore—our very own community living room where we can gather, hang out, and interact with one another,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker.
Kenmore’s Town Green will be a signature gathering space in the heart of the city’s downtown. The Kenmore Village developer and the city will partner together to maximize the Town Green’s public use while complementing adjacent retail, office, and residential uses.
A key component of the Town Green will be its “walkability,” or its walking proximity to local businesses, major bus lines, the Burke-Gilman Trail, and residential neighborhoods.
“We are grateful to Senator Frockt, Representative Pollet, and Representative Farrell for their tireless efforts in advocating on Kenmore’s behalf in Olympia,” Baker said. “Kenmore is definitely on their radar screen.”
The city will host the first of three community workshops from 6-8 p.m. July 23 at the Kenmore City Hall, located at 18120 68th Ave. NE. They are seeking the public’s input on possible uses, features and design. The town green is planned to be constructed on the north side of Northeast 181st Street, near the northwest corner of Northeast 181st Street and 68th Avenue Northeast.
To stay informed on the Town Green project, you can request to be added to the city’s email distribution list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Project updates and dates for upcoming workshops will be posted on the city’s website at www.kenmorewa.gov/downtown.
For more information, call Community Development Director Debbie Bent at (425) 398-8900 or email email@example.com.
Student-driven advocacy organization Graduate Washington has announced its early endorsements for the 2014 election. The organization has endorsed Rep. Gerry Pollet and Sen. David Frockt for their support of higher education policies.
“It is more critical than ever to elect leaders to Olympia who are ready to fight for affordable, accessible and top-quality higher education for all Washington students,” said Logan Bahr, Chair of the Graduate Washington Board and a graduate of Central Washington University.
Candidates were chosen for endorsement based on their knowledge of higher education policy, commitment to supporting current and future students and effectiveness in advancing legislation that helps students and their families afford and access college. Each candidate has done work in the legislature or their community to improve the lives and futures of Washington’s next generation of teachers, doctors, small business owners and community leaders.
“All of these candidates have distinguished experiences and accomplishments,” Bahr said. “Whether fighting for financial aid and lower tuition or promoting student involvement in higher education governance, these outstanding candidates have proven that they are a true champions for higher education.”
Graduate Washington’s early endorsements were made after reviewing candidates’ responses to a questionnaire as well as their legislative history or personal advocacy record. Candidates supported by Graduate Washington won 18 out of 20 races during the 2012 election cycle.
I had the pleasure of meeting with a dedicated group of UW students to discuss their report on the growing problem of student debt. Titled “Meet Us in the Middle,” the report focused on college affordability for working students. Continue Reading »
Sen. David Frockt released this statement on April 29 regarding the status of funding for K-12 schools across the state:
“This past session we passed some measures to address the funding gap, but I would describe them as modest at best and a far cry from what the Supreme Court ruled that our schools and students actually need. Continue Reading »
OLYMPIA – The Legislature needs to pick up the pace at directing more money to improve the state’s schools, a special committee is telling the state Supreme Court in a report due today. Continue Reading »
Bills successfully sponsored by Sen. David Frockt, D-46, target improvements in educational outcomes for homeless and low-income students
A pair of bills signed into law April 3 will help track and provide services to homeless students and will explore ways to strengthen the College Bound Scholarship Program. Continue Reading »
With a push from students at the UW School of Law, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Homeless Children Education Act on April 3. It is the first bill ever passed by the Legislature specifically aimed toward helping homeless students succeed. Continue Reading »
Like many communities across our state, Seattle faces an affordable housing crisis. We’ve heard from tenants about unfair rents, short notice on rent increases and renovations, and high costs for actions as routine as filling out a rental application. People are facing these challenges every day, and they deserve action from the Legislature now to help address these issues. Continue Reading »