District 45

Position: Rep 1

Rep. Roger Goodman

Party (1): D
Email: roger@rogergoodman.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)?
YES, I strongly favor establishing a PAID family and medical leave program. In fact, as you have stated above, we already established such a program – although in an anemic form, only covering new parents – through the Legislature ten years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long!), and I was an original co-sponsor of that legislation. However, as you have also stated above, we have never authorized it to be funded. All we have done is preserve it on the books, unfunded, in the face of the opposition’s all-out assault to eliminate the program. We need to revive it and authorize it to be funded ASAP.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
YES – TOP PRIORITY!
Q3: Optional additional statement:
A family and medical leave program for workers is not only the compassionate and just approach to address the needs of working families, but also fiscally prudent for the state, helping to avert more expensive medical and child care costs; and a benefit to the business community, helping to avert needless absenteeism and reduction in productivity; and in general helping to promote stability in the workplace and stability and health in the home.
Prev. vote (3): Yea

Ramiro Valderrama

Party (1): GOP
Email: ramiro@votevalderrama.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, I am of course in favor of everyone having family and medical leave plans.  There is already a Federal Family Medical Leave Plan that is in place- and WA State Legislature added a state family and medical leave insurance plan over a decade ago that was never funded by the Democrat led Governor, Senate and House.  Like all issues no one solution fits all business and the additional impact to small business of this program if unfunded could be significant.  I would like to look at analysis of what size companies could feasibly absorb these charges (as on paid leave they would have to pay the employee on leave as well as the one replacing the worker on leave).
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes
Q3: Optional additional statement:
While the Democratic Legislature and my opponent may have sponsored paid leave legislation 10 years ago – Family Care Act, during most of that 10 years despite the House and State legislature as well as the Governor’s office have been held by his Democrat Party – they continued to not funded it. . When elected I can work across the aisle to get real results – making it a reality rather than just a piece of unfunded legislation on the books that is passed  just to look good to the voters.

Position: Rep 2

Rep. Larry Springer

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