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Tag: Laurie Jinkins

July
25th

Laurie Jinkins, other lawmakers sue over I-1053 supermajority

A dozen state legislators are suing their state, saying Washington voters have passed an unconstitutional measure that keeps them from raising taxes.

The lawsuit is being filed this morning by lawmakers, including Reps. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma and Jamie Pedersen of Seattle, who laid the groundwork for their challenge to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053 during the legislative session.

Here’s some background on the political theater during the session, when the House couldn’t summon the two-thirds supermajority necessary to pass Jinkins’ bill that would have raised taxes on big banks in order to avert class-size increases in elementary grades.

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May
17th

Senate, House inch toward each other on debt limit

For a while now, the Senate and House have been arguing about whether the state debt ceiling should stay the same — 9 percent of state revenue — or be lowered to 7 percent.

Now they’re inching toward each other.

Senators are offering 7.25 percent and agreeing to let the rate fall more gradually over many years; House members offer 8.5 percent as the rate to be enshrined in the state constitution and propose a more informal rate of 8 percent.

Rep. Hans Dunshee‘s proposal, the 8 percent lid that could be adjusted over time, passed the House Capital Budget Committee today on a 6-5 vote that broke across party lines.

GOP Reps. Hans Zeiger of Edgewood and Norma Smith of Coupeville said it didn’t go far enough to reduce unsustainable levels of debt. Attacking it from the other end of the spectrum, Rep. Kristine Lytton of Anacortes  said lawmakers’ hands shouldn’t be tied in tough economic times, and her fellow Democrats Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma and Steve Tharinger of Sequim said they don’t think state debt levels are such a big problem. Read more »

May
11th

Bill to end tax breaks for big banks moves forward

State legislators had their first chance Wednesday to vote on a bill that would end tax breaks to mitigate painful budget cuts, and freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives said they’ll make sure it’s not the last.

Despite Republican opposition, some Democrats said they’re throwing their political weight behind a bill that passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday to fund K-3 class-size reductions by ending a tax preference for banks, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get the controversial measure to a floor vote.

“I don’t think it’s a tough political issue at all,” said Rep. Laurie Jinkins, a Tacoma Democrat and the primary sponsor of House Bill 2078. “Are you going to give money to big banks who essentially drove us into the crisis we’re in or are you going to fund education?”

Jinkins and Rep. Chris Reykdal, another sponsor of the bill, said they would consider withholding their votes on a budget agreement if House leadership doesn’t bring the bill to a floor vote. If enough of the bill’s sponsors agree to do that, it could stall budget negotiations that have already dragged the Legislature into an overtime special session.

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March
30th

Senate approves proposal for acknowledging same-sex marriages from other states

After making it out of both houses of the Legislature Wednesday, a bill to a give same-sex couples from other states more legal recognition in Washington has cleared most of the hurdles it needs to get through to become state law.

In a 28-19 vote, the Washington Senate sent House Bill 1649, which would recognize same-sex marriages from other states as domestic partnerships in Washington, on to the governor for approval, and if she signs it, gay rights advocates said would remove a dangerous loophole in legal protections for same-sex couples.

“What this bill did was really address a grave injustice,” said Joshua Friedes, executive director of the gay-rights group Equal Rights Washington. “This is just a wonderful development for Washington.”

He said the reason his group had been supporting this bill was that, although gay and lesbian couples are allowed to register for a domestic partnership in Washington and Washington recognizes domestic partnerships from other states, it does not recognize same-sex marriages.

That can become a problem, said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Laurie Jinkins, because people married in another state who travel to Washington could be prevented from seeing their spouses in the hospital, for instance, if they had a medical emergency.

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March
10th

Lawmakers Regala, Darneille, Jinkins host town hall in Tacoma

State lawmakers from the 27th Legislative District will talk to constituents Saturday.

Rep. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins and Sen. Debbie Regala will host a town hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The Evergreen State College Tacoma’s Lyceum Hall, 1210 Sixth Ave.

The district represented by the three Democrats stretches from Ruston to Fife through most of north, central and downtown Tacoma.

Here’s how they describe the discussion:

Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in discussion revolving around:

  • How do we build on our strong foundation of educated, hard-working people and assure opportunity for small businesses,

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Feb.
16th

Lawmakers may demand healthier menu in state buildings

In the Legislative Building’s Dome Deli, lawmakers, lobbyists and state employees can grab a piece of fruit or a salad. But for long days and late nights, some of them are more likely to go straight to the cafeteria’s other choices: Cheetos, Butterfingers, Coca-Cola or Full Throttle energy drinks.

Some of those items could disappear from the shelves of state facilities under House Bill 1801.

With more than 25 percent of the state’s adults now obese, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, a Tacoma public health administrator, wants state buildings to stock healthier food. Schools have made progress, and food bought for

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Nov.
2nd

Jinkins’ win in the 27th is a first for Washington

With her victory now all but inevitable, an upbeat Laurie Jinkins just told me by phone that she’s looking forward to representing the 27th District in the state house.

“I’m very excited with the results,” Jinkins said from her election night party at Tacoma’s Little Theater. “I think everybody here is too. I guess it just goes to show when you really focus on grassroots campaigning and shoe leather, it pays off in this district.”

Jinkins’ win over fellow Democrat and two-term Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey means she will hold a unique designation in Washington’s Legislature. She will

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Nov.
2nd

WA’s 27th Legislative District: Jinkins leading Fey early; Darneille coasts

Unsurprisingly, the initial results from Washington’s 27th District House races show one somewhat tight contest and one blow-out.

Here’s the latest results for the district spanning parts of Tacoma and Fife.

House Position 1:
Jake Fey (D) vs. Laurie Jinkins (D)

In the battle for the open Position 1 House seat, Democrat Laurie Jinkins holds a single-digit advantage over fellow Democrat Jake Fey after initial Pierce County ballot counts.

The inter-partisan battle pitted two-well liked Democrats vying for the seat left open by Democratic incumbent Dennis Flannigan’s retirement after the last legislative session.

Fey, in his

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