Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In the days ahead we will face many challenges. Balancing public health concerns with economic realities will not be easy. To everyone who has reached out to my office to share your thoughts and concerns on the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak: Thank you! Hearing from you helps me get a better grasp of the issues and affects the virus continues to have on our district.
Supporting local businesses
In the coming weeks and months, as the state reopens for business, it's crucial that we think locally with our pocketbooks and purchasing power. Small businesses, restaurants, and retailers in our local area need help if they're going to survive. When they thrive, our communities thrive. In fact, some studies say that for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.
If the battle against COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that we must work together. Remaining loyal to your favorite local shops and restaurants will help our communities make it through the coming months. A decision as small as purchasing a gift card from your favorite local restaurant or shop could make all the difference to employees and business owners who need the income.
COVID-19 legislative survey results
The results are in on my recent COVID-19 legislative survey. Click here to see the summary. As you can imagine, there is a range of opinions on what our state's next steps should be. If you did not get to respond to the survey and would like to share your comments or thoughts on coronavirus-related issues, contact me.
Helpful resources and information
Need help or information with coronavirus-related issues? The following webpages can help:
- Washington state's official coronavirus site | coronavirus.wa.gov
- Employment Security Department | esd.wa.gov
- Department of Labor and industries | lni.wa.gov
- Superintendent of Public Instruction | k12.wa.us
- Department of Health | doh.wa.gov
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | cdc.gov
- Resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers
Information on future updates
During an election year, there are restrictions on sending out email updates. Those changes begin on Monday, May 11th. That means this will be my last update to you until after the November election results are certified. That restriction lifts if we enter a special session between now and November. If you have questions or comments about legislative issues, I can still respond. Please feel free to send an email by clicking here.
It's an honor to serve you!
It's vital that we stand together. Thank you for all you continue to do as we make our way through this crisis.