District 39

Position: Rep 1

Rep. Dan Kristiansen

Party (1): R
Email: dan.kristiansen39@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
Prev. vote (3): Nay

Linda M. Wright

Party (1): D
Email: electlindawright@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)?
Yes as a care giver of my aging parents I understand the needs of families who may need extra coverage. It is important on so many levels to protect families from loss of income, to be able to pay their mortgage, buy food and medicine. I would like to see the proposals on how it would function, who would over see it, what would the time frames and requirements be to access it. Would the program be self sustaining and at what point would it become self staining? I believe if drafted correctly this would be of great value to families in Washington.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes as long as the proposal is fair and equitable for all.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
We need families to have good jobs and a living wage and security. And I will continue to fight for working families.

Position: Rep 2

John Koster

Party (1): R
Email: repkoster@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

Ronda Metcalf

Party (1): D
Email: Committee2electronda@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)?
I support a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington. As a grandmother of 16 with two more grandchildren on the way, I want my grandchildren to have the best start in their lives possible. I support family and medical leave insurance so every family can be financially secure when these life changing events occur whether the birth of a child, the injury of a breadwinner, or the serious illness of a child, a spouse or an elderly parent. Working Washington families live in the precarious position in which a major illness or injury could cause bankruptcy. For our state economy to work, we must make sure state insurance is funded by comparatively inexpensive pay roll deductions. It only makes sense if we care about families in Washington State, and if we care about keeping workers employed and keeping families whole. And we do care because these families are our families, our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
I will absolutely prioritize passage of family and medical leave insurance legislation as a sponsor or as a supporter.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
Washington’s economy needs everyone engaged and employed to continue to grow even in uncertain times. As Scandinavian countries have found, parents are best able to participate in the workforce when they have family leave for times that include after the birth or adoption of a child and the security of insurance to help them through difficult times such as injury or serious illness.  Providing workers a living wage is of critical importance to me. In 2008, as an elected tribal council member I researched the cost of living including of housing for workers at the Sauk Suiattle Tribe and got my tribe to establish a $15 minimum wage for our employees. Since then my tribe has grown its businesses and doubled its employment base. Statewide we must work to raise the minimum wage. We must work to ensure that Washington families are safe and secure, and able to access services including health, mental health and addiction services in a timely manner. We must work together to ensure that families have state insurance to help them through times when breadwinners are dealing with major illnesses, injuries and treatment.  When I was a child, I remember when my father was hospitalized and couldn’t work. His union came forward and paid our mortgage and brought us bags of groceries until he could get back to work. Families today don’t have safety nets like we had. Today we as a state must step forward to ensure family and medical insurance is the law of Washington State.

Position: Senate

Sen. Kirk Pearson

Party (1): R
Email: pearson_k@frontier.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): Nay