May 22, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Matthew Rainwater at 7:30am. Senator Van De Wege led the flag salute.
Jack G. moved to approve May 15 minutes, seconded by Julie H. Motion carried.
A memorial service for Dan DeGuilio is June 2 at Vern Burton, 1pm. A card is being circulated for Mayor Downie’s family. Julie Hatch announced that she’ll collect the Boys & Girls Club Champions signups. Also looking for a group of 5 to distribute summer lunches. Raffle tickets on hand for 7 nights on Maui. June 9-10 is Maritime Festival.
Thought of the Day by Peggy.
Program: Kevin Van De Wege, State Senator
Andrew May introduced Senator Kevin Van De Wege.
A lot of policy was redone regarding education, to be reviewed in the upcoming session as part of the Ways & Means Committee. Upcoming election cycle: the feeling he gets is that Democrats will pick up seats. Incoming legislative sessions will probably include talk of Seattle’s “head tax”. Pierce County has been promoting no head tax to attract Seattle businesses. Clallam should do the same.
Higher Medicaid & Medicare percentage rates affect hospital reimbursement rates, he will work to keep our hospitals open. States capped the number of critical access care hospitals because it costs the state money. Will keep working on CLT and job growth.
As Chair of the Natural Resource Committee, will work on bringing back salmon. Hatcheries will help, habitat revitalization is not working on its own. Work on State Parks and help control wildfire costs. Created regulations for fire resistance in specific rural areas for new homes built.
What is proper funding for education? The Supreme Court ruled on McCleary. There were 4 areas that needed to be improved; all day kindergarten, smaller class size in K-3, improve transportation, improve material and operating costs. He believe everything has been funded. Monterrey institute a salmon net program that should be reviewed. Bill passed to ban fish farms to to impact native species. Halibut catch record card has been successful.
Should tax money go to charter schools? Impossible for a charter school to open on the Peninsula. Vocational Training? Funded differently than classrooms. Agees that this training is needed.
Concerned state will be selling some of their tower sites and can’t renew their lease for broadband service. Reservoir project? Governor vetoed it not realizing it was part of the package. Hope to bring it back.
There is a carbon tax initiative this fall. First 40 years are when most carbon is sinked, more so than old growth. His vision would be to cut trees, use them, change building codes. Money raised should go to help rural economies, help create jobs. Mental health funding will be worked on this session. Need a place to go that’s close to them until stabilized. Need someone to see for help, treated appropriately. An area where spending money saves money.
Senator was thanked for the halibut card and 8th St. bridge by Cherie Kidd.
Capital budget discussion about spending in Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor. Desalination discussion: why not use Pacific Ocean?
May 29: No meeting
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.