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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well! I want to provide you with an update on where we stand with the six citizen-driven initiatives.

Three of the six initiatives will receive public hearings early next week. House Republicans have been pushing for hearings on these initiatives since they were certified by the Secretary of State’s Office in January.

Disappointing news: These three initiatives will not receive public hearings.

You can learn more about these initiatives by clicking here.

Update | Financial education as a graduation requirement for high school students

Empowering high school graduates with financial education is vital to enhancing their opportunities. While some school districts have already prioritized financial education, many students aren’t receiving financial instruction before graduation.

My bill, House Bill 1915, is geared towards bridging the gap to ensure students receive this necessary instruction before stepping into post-graduation life.

Here is an update on where my bill is in the legislative process – it’s still moving forward.

  • On February 8, it unanimously passed off the House floor. You can watch my floor speech by clicking here or on the photo below.
  • On February 21, the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education moved it out of committee with what’s known as a “do pass” recommendation. We begin opposite house floor action next week. I’m hopeful the full Senate chamber will pass it, and it will move to the governor’s desk.

For a look at how financial education has been successful in one school district, please click here or on the photo below. Thank you to KING 5 in Seattle for the coverage.

I also want to thank State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti for his continued support of this legislation.

You can learn more about my bill by visiting my website, RepresentativeSkylerRude.com, and clicking on my newsroom (News & Media).

2024 House-proposed supplemental operating budget

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve been working through the 2024 House-proposed supplemental operating budget.

The House of Representatives is also expected to pass this budget over the weekend. As you can see from the chart below, I do not anticipate supporting this budget because it continues a trend of historic, unsustainable spending. I will update you on this budget’s specifics before the 2024 session concludes. 

If you have questions or thoughts about anything in the update or about your state government in general, please reach out to my office.

Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve!

Sincerely,


Skyler Rude

State Representative Skyler Rude, 16th Legislative District
RepresentativeSkylerRude.com
122G Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
skyler.rude@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7828 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000