District 43

Position: Rep 1

Nicole Macri

Party (1): D
Email: info@votenicole.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)?
Absolutely. As President of the Board of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and Deputy Director of DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center), I am well-aware of thousands of people who have experienced housing instability or homelessness due to medical or other family emergencies that cause them to lose work time. Instituting a statewide family and medical leave insurance program would help people from all income levels avoid the sometimes devastating impacts unpaid time can have on housing and employment stability. There are many reasons why individuals need to take significant time off work, and workers shouldn’t have to sacrifice their livelihood in order to take leave. California, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have all successfully financed paid family using employee payroll deductions (and employer contributions in NY), and these model should definitely be explored in Washington
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes. It is unacceptable that nine years later we are looking for ways to fund a proven program like Family and Medical Leave even after our State Legislature passed legislation requiring it. The most important thing we can do is change the structure of our regressive tax system. We need to raise the revenue in Washington State to provide for critical programs like FML and stop denying it to the families who need it most.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
Working for justice, safety, and equity is deeply personal for me. For nearly twenty years, I have worked on behalf of people who are homeless and living with mental illnesses and addictions – people who have been in all regards discarded and forgotten by society. My life’s work has been focused on bringing innovative and pragmatic solutions to these complex problems. As a senior leader at DESC, I helped pioneer the Housing First approach, and have actively informed and influenced national policy and best practices on helping and housing people who are homeless.

Dan Shih

Party (1): D
Email: campaign@danshih.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
Q3: Optional additional statement:
Too many people cannot afford to take time off without pay, especially those struggling in low-paying jobs—disproportionately women, people of color, and immigrants. Yet any of us may be faced with an unexpected need to take time off to address personal medical problems and family care obligations. A paid family and medical leave insurance program, funded through payroll premiums, would benefit everyone. People would be able to take time off when necessary to care for themselves or others without giving up their financial security. Employers would benefit from a healthier workforce. In addition, society would benefit from the equity of a more complete safety net. Moreover, a system that allows and encourages people of any gender to take time off for family care is better for children and will help to reduce gender pay disparity.As your representative, I will work to pass progressive Democratic legislation that makes people’s lives better and that improves opportunities for everyone in Washington. I believe that government has an important role to play as an equalizer of opportunity, and my goal is to ensure the state is relentless in that role. That includes fully funding public schools, providing more early childhood learning opportunities for disadvantaged kids, ensuring nutrition for expecting mothers and young children, making higher education more affordable and vocational education more available, and much more. It also includes making sure that people are not deprived of their potential due to loss of employment or income when they face a family or personal medical issue.

Position: Rep 2

Rep. Frank Chopp

Party (1): D
Email: frankchopp@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)?
Did not respond
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Did not respond
Prev. vote (3): Yea