District 48

Position: Rep 1

Michelle Darnell

Party (1): L
Email: michelleforthehouse@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:
No, increasing the cost of labor by increasing required benefits and raising wages creates unemployment, as an unintended consequence.  Small businesses employ over ½ of our work force and ARE struggling.  The largest of corporations can automate, outsource or relocate (reducing labor costs) but such policy is extremely difficult for small businesses to absorb hours, unable to hire help or unable to pay themselves after covering payroll. Further they lack the resources to fund lobbyists to represent their interests. Notable exception to my absolute opposition: If there was a corresponding reduction in payroll tax(es) and the B&O was replaced with a fairer, less complicated flat tax to there was a zero net increase in liability, I would consider but I am very hesitant because once a tax is created is likely will increase.  These are our neighbors and friends.  It is often forgotten that small business owners are worker to and they cannot absorb all of the consequences of such “progressive” policies. I hear story after story of small businesses owners working extremely long hours, unable to hire help or unable to pay themselves after covering payroll. Further they lack the resources to fund lobbyists to represent their interests. Notable exception to my absolute opposition: If there was a corresponding reduction in payroll tax(es) and the B&O was replaced with a fairer, less complicated flat tax to there was a zero net increase in liability, I would consider but I am very hesitant because once a tax is created is likely will increase.

Rep. Patty Kuderer

Party (1): D
Email: patty.kuderer@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, we need a better safety net for hard working employees who are new parents or have extended family medical emergencies.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes
Q3: Optional additional statement:
This is my first election after being appointed to the State House of Representatives for the 48th LD last fall. For starters, I want to build on my first session in Olympia to finish the job of fully funding our education system, continue improving transportation choices, increase affordable housing in Washington, and seriously address economic inequality and workers’ rights issues. I also support HB 1273 that amends the family and medical leave insurance program in Washington to, among others, add benefits for individuals on leave for a serious health condition for the individual or family member, provides for benefits based on an individual’s wages rather than a flat amount, and provides for the Employment Security Department to administer most parts of this program. It’s time to pass this legislation.

Position: Rep 2

Rep. Joan McBride

Party (1): D
Email: jmcbr38519@aol.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:
I will be happy to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to provide for family & medical leave insurance
Prev. cosponsor (2): Yes

Benjamin Judah Phelps

Party (1): L
Email: benjphelps@lpwa.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