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Lakewood Receives $3.7 Million For Quality Of Life Projects

LAKEWOOD, WA — The City of Lakewood has secured $3.7 million in capital funding from the state Legislature, which it says will go to support several quality of life improvements.

The bulk of the money, $3.2 million, will go to improve American Lake Park, Wards Lake Park, and Fort Steilacoom Park, the city said. Proposed improvements include additional public waterfront access, repairs to sport fields, the creation of new walking trails, even a new dog park. (Dog lovers: they have not yet said which park will get the dog park, sorry.)

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The Suburban Times
Leavitt workforce training bill signed into law

A tax credit for businesses working with students in employment training programs was extended yesterday after Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1033 into law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place), extends the Washington Customized Employment Training Program Business and Occupation tax credit to July 1, 2026. The program is used by businesses to increase job opportunities and expand employee skills by partnering with community and technical colleges.

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EIN Presswire
Leavitt workforce training bill signed into law

OLYMPIA – A tax credit for businesses working with students in employment training programs was extended yesterday after Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1033 into law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place), extends the Washington Customized Employment Training Program Business and Occupation tax credit to July 1, 2026. The program is used by businesses to increase job opportunities and expand employee skills by partnering with community and technical colleges.

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The Suburban Times
Governor signs Leavitt bill expanding assistance programs for struggling college students

Governor Jay Inslee signed into law expansion of programs to assist college students experiencing homelessness and those who were previously in foster care. HB 1166, sponsored by Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place), builds upon existing pilot programs at community and technical colleges and four-year institutions. Those programs aid students with essential needs, including access to housing, laundry facilities, locker rooms, showers, technology, reduced-priced meals, and case management services.

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Trains Digest
Washington state House passes rail oversight bill

The Washington state House of Representatives has passed a bill giving the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission expanded powers over rail operations in the state. HB 1418 (full text, available here) includes “oversight of new and materially changed railroad operations and infrastructure ..,” oversight of safety practices, and the ability to investigate and enforce state safety regulations “to the fullest extent allowed under federal law.” The bill passed the House by a 91-7 vote and now goes to the state Senate. “From the Amtrak derailment near DuPont in 2017 that took three lives and injured dozens more to the oil-train derailment near Custer in December and too many other derailments across our state, it’s clear that we need stronger rail safety,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place) said in a press release. “This bill will help keep our railways safe and prevent future tragedies.”

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The Suburban Times
State House passes Leavitt’s workforce training bill

On March 3, the state House passed a bill from Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place) to extend a tax credit for businesses working with students in employment training programs. The legislation, HB 1033, passed in a 97-0 vote with strong bipartisan support.

The bill would extend the Washington Customized Employment Training Program B&O tax credit to July 1, 2026. By partnering with community and technical colleges, businesses use this program to increase job opportunities and expand employees’ skills.

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The Suburban Times
Leavitt bill to expand education opportunities for incarcerated people passes state House

The state House voted 96-2 Thursday to pass a strong bipartisan bill from Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place) to create pathways from prison to postsecondary education for people who are incarcerated. By expanding access from prison to postsecondary and apprenticeship education, HB 1044 would invest in a workforce that wants to contribute to their communities, lower recidivism rates, improve public safety and save taxpayer dollars.

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The Suburban Times
Leavitt bill to help struggling families passes state House

On Feb. 25, the state House passed a bill from Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place) to provide food and cash assistance to low-income families and update the standards of need for cash assistance programs, which were last updated three decades ago.

The bill, HB 1151, passed in an 82-16 vote with strong bipartisan support.

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UW Daily
Prison education bill seeks to provide second — and first — chances to Washington’s incarcerated

Washington could soon be introducing new education for incarcerated populations.

House Bill 1044, sponsored by Rep. Mari Leavitt (D-University Place), is the latest in a series of measures seeking to expand education access for imprisoned Washingtonians. “Ninety-five percent of incarcerated folks are released, and it’s critical that they have a skill in order to get back,” Leavitt said. “The data shows that educational programs are one of the proven ways to reduce recidivism rates.”

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The Suburban Times
Representative Mari Leavitt Announces 2021 Legislative Priorities

State Representative Mari Leavitt (D-University Place) announced her legislative priorities on Tuesday after returning to Olympia to approve new rules to allow for a remote session. Her legislative agenda is largely focused on economic recovery, supporting businesses, and providing relief for people most impacted by COVID-19.

“Before COVID-19, I heard from constituents who struggled every day with rising costs and a lack of opportunity to get ahead. Now, with ten months of restrictions and shutdowns, people are feeling the disproportionate impact more than ever. I am committed to dedicating my time this session to removing barriers, boosting support services, and aiding small businesses as we all navigate this pandemic together,” said Leavitt.

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