District 22

Position: Rep 1

Donald Austin

Party (1): R
Email: austin.don7@gmail.com
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
Did not respond
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Did not respond

Laurie Dolan

Party (1): D
Email: lhdolan@comcast.net
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
I favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington funded through payroll premiums. I have been in jobs throughout my life that paid me a family wage and medical leave benefits. At the same time, I watched my own son work as a “fish monger” for 12 years at Pike Place Market with no medical or family leave at all. Once he and his wife had their first child, they realized he needed to find a job that would allow him to be more able to take care of his family. By extending these benefits to all Washington workers, we would have stronger communities and a stronger economy.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
I will absolutely prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017! Family and medical leave is one of the most glaring income inequality issues facing Washingtonians. Employees in higher paying jobs are typically provided excellent paid leave benefits that they can use to care for a new baby, take care of a sick parent, or get healthy after their own illness. Lower income workers do not have this option, and often are forced to go to work to maintain their family’s financial stability rather than taking care of their family’s health. Other states such as New York, New Jersey, California and Rhode Island have successful programs in place, and the Washington legislature should use those programs as potential models to establish our own program. Adopting a family and medical leave insurance program would be a big step in overcoming inequality and health disparities in our state. Our economy and citizens deserve the opportunity to thrive.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
I am a passionate, progressive leader for the best quality, well-funded schools who spent 30 years of my life as a classroom teacher and administrator. In 2004, Governor Gregoire hired me to serve as her Director of Policy. We created the Department of Early Learning, the Puget Sound Partnership, crafted the Western States Climate Change Initiative and passed important social justice legislation. With Sam Hunt and Chris Reykdal leaving the House, it is critical to have a Representative in the house who understands the legislative process. I am the only candidate running with four years of legislative experience on behalf of the Governor. I am a problem solver who will work tirelessly on your fully fund state and local government, public employees, and assure a living wage for all!

Position: Rep 2

Beth Doglio

Party (1): D
Email: bethdoglio@comcast.net
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
Yes
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes

Position: Senate

Rep. Sam Hunt

Party (1): D
Email: votehunt@comcast.net
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
Yes
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes
Q3: Optional additional statement:
I have been a long-time supporter and have cosponsored bills to enact and implement family and medical leave.
Prev. cosponsor (2): Yes
Prev. vote (3): Yea

Steve Owens

Party (1):
Email: info@electsteveowens.org
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
I have mixed feelings about a family and medical leave insurance program. While I honor the goals that such a program is trying to achieve, I am concerned that it could be crafted in such a way as to be unfair to those who neither have families nor will ever make use of the benefit. Something about taking money from one worker and giving it to another worker abrades my sense of fairness. However I do believe that it is possible to craft legislation that is both fair and achieves your goals, simply by including an opt out clause that would allow people who have never used the benefit to opt out. Clearly to be fair opting out of paying in to the program would also render them ineligible to receive the benefit later on. Perhaps a period of opting in such as 7 years, to re-establish eligibility could also be included in the legislation if a person who having opted out later decides that they regret that decision.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Until I see the legislation I cannot say whether or not I would prioritize it. If it were well written and were fair to all, then yes I would.