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Sen. Hill deserves re-election | Letter

In the race for 45th District senator, the best decision for voters is to re-elect Andy Hill.

Sen. Hill crafted a budget that put $1 billion into public education without raising taxes. This has been the most put into education in recent history. Furthermore, this budget also froze in-state college tuition for the first time in 30 years. This is a major achievement. The importance in the passage of this budget was that it did not pass with 51 percent of the vote. No, it passed in both the House and Senate with 89 percent of the vote. This was the most bipartisan budget in more than 20 years. It was because of this budget the Sen. Hill received endorsements from both Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters.

Furthermore, Sen. Hill was instrumental in crafting the Vulnerable Individuals Priority (VIP) Act. This proposal makes sure adequate funding goes into the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) so that individuals with developmental disabilities can receive the help they need. Right now there is a backlog of 4,000 individuals that need respite care and more than 1,000 individuals that need assistance in finding employment. Instead of a waiting list, these individuals will receive the services they need right away. In fact, this proposal passed the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support. It passed the Senate with 100 percent of the vote.

Challenger Matt Isenhower seems like a nice man and he probably is, but what does he even have to offer? All he has done is rely on a few talking points and throw mud at Sen. Hill. In fact, Isenhower’s whole background is Republican. If you want honest leadership with real results in Olympia, then make the right decision and re-elect Sen. Hill.

Calvin Helker, Woodinville



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