District 24

Position: Rep 1

Mike Chapman

Party (1): D
Email: chapman@olypen.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)?
Yes!
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes! I would be willing to sign on as a co-sponsor.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
Working members of my district want to know that they will be able to take paid time off from work to attend to family and medical emergencies. A fully funded insurance program seems like a great start to achieving this goal.

George Vrable

Party (1): R
Email: mtvgtv@cablespeed.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

Position: Rep 2

John D. Alger

Party (1): GOP/I
Email: johndalger@wavecable.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

Rep. Steve Tharinger

Party (1): D
Email: stharinger@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
Q3: Optional additional statement:
I would endorse family paid sick leave as long as it does not impact low wage workers too much.

Position: Senate

Danille Turissini

Party (1): I
Email: danille@danilleforsenate.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)?
Yes and No. It’s wonderful when a business is in a position to provide something so beneficial. However, we only have small businesses in our rural district. I’m certain something like this would be the breaking point for many of them. Business owners have a job to maintain as well, their own job, which they have created for themselves through a lot of personal sacrifice and hard work. They deserve some relief too. I’m not a business owner, but I’m acquainted with many people who are. They would consider being able to provide employee benefits on this level, like, living the dream. Unfortunately, it’s not always practical or feasible for small business owners to afford something like this without having to cut back somewhere else. Sadly, the cut is often times in the form of reducing hours or, worse, eliminating jobs. While $3.00 per week sounds very minimal, it isn’t a small matter when you add it to all the other things the State requires businesses to pay for, such as L&I, B&O, unfunded regulatory and compliance mandates, etc., etc., etc. I would not be “in favor of establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums” unless it was very specific in its consideration and protection of small businesses. The best way to ensure it meets both the needs of the employees and the limitations of employers, is to include small business advocates in the drafting of the bill. That way, the greater good is effectively being served, for both the employer and the employee. It always works best if we are moving together toward something. Otherwise, I have found that taking one side over another, almost always leaves the other side lagging behind.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes, I would make this a priority because it’s important. However, I would want to make sure the problem we’re trying to solve doesn’t create a more challenging one for our small business owners. They are, after all, the ones who create the jobs. Whether or not a business can afford family and medical leave insurance should be left up to the business owner, and not the State, which already requires too much of small businesses. I don’t think it benefits anyone if they can’t afford to be in business.

Rep. Kevin Van De Wege

Party (1): D
Email: kevinvandewege@hotmail.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
Prev. vote (3): Yea