District 32

Position: Rep 1

Alvin Rutledge

Party (1): R
Email: usaba@usaba.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. Cindy Ryu

Party (1): D
Email: FriendsforCindyRyu@yahoo.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. Having been an all-lines insurance agent for 24 years and a Medicaid Intake Officer at University Hospital, the $156/worker per year is a small price to pay for stability and predictability in managing risks for our workers and families, as well as the businesses who should have healthy, long term, and dedicated employees for a productive workplace.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes. I have and I will work on electing other legislators (1st LD Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, 17th LD Sam Kim – my brother, and 30th LD Mike Pellicciotti) who can take strong stands and make cogent business case for it.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
I grew up picking berries, typing, and working in nursing homes for college expenses. My priorities are to fully fund public education, ensure safety of our communities, and protect our privacy, the environment, and consumers from predatory lenders. I will work hard to help our state and communities build classrooms, attract well-qualified teachers, and provide affordable housing for our working families while fixing aging bridges, highways and roads. For Washington State’s economic engine to keep humming and the businesses to succeed, our working families must thrive.
Prev. cosponsor (2): Yes

Position: Rep 2

Rep. Ruth Kagi

Party (1): D
Email: Kagi@seanet.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)?
I voted for the paid family and medical leave bill in 2007 and strongly support funding the program through a payroll tax.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Watching my own daughter face the challenges of a new parent – with three months of paid leave- has increased my understanding of critical importance of this legislation. Research and experience have clearly demonstrated the significance of bonding and attachment in the first few months of life. Assuring that all working mothers have the ability to stay home and care for their baby in the first few months of life is one of my highest priorities.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
The United States stands out among developing countries for their lack of support for new parents. It is unrealistic to expect parents to take advantage of the federal FMLA provisions if they do not have the resources to support their family. Washington State needs to pass and implement paid family leave, allowing workers to stay home with when they give birth or adopt a baby, and when they face the challenges of caring for an ill family member.
Prev. cosponsor (2): Yes
Prev. vote (3): Yea

David D. Schirle

Party (1): R
Email: ddschirle@yahoo.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