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State Sen. Kirk Pearson of the 39th District took some time to talk to The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times about the 60-day state legislative session that’s set to commence on Monday, Jan. 13, as well as his own priorities moving forward. “It’s going to be fast and furious,” Pearson said on the upcoming session, which he does not believe will be followed by a special session. “Looking to the big picture, we’re going to be focusing on transportation, the general fund budget and the capital fund budget.”
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Looking to last year’s legislation, Pearson expressed pride in the $1 billion in funding that was secured for K-12 education, as well as a halt on college tuition increases for two years, which he deemed a significant achievement even as he jokingly acknowledged that his own son graduated from college too early to benefit from it. “The last time we didn’t have a tuition increase was 1986,” said Pearson, who credited the coalition of his fellow Republicans and Democrats with partnering on behalf of common interests. “We have Democrats and Republicans co-chairing committees.”
Pearson himself has served as chair of the Natural Resources and Parks Committee, as vice-chair of the Human Services and Corrections Committee, and as a member of the Law and Justice and Rules committees, the latter of which has afforded his greater discretion. “Unlike the House, the Rules Committee in the Senate is a real gatekeeper in terms of determining the flow of bills,” Pearson said. “If I see bills that benefit Arlington, I can pick them out for floor action.” On the Natural Resources and Parks Committee, Pearson bolstered SEE PEARSON, PAGE 2
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OLYMPIA — For decades, Marysville’s Dorothy Roth didn’t consider it significant that she’d played a single season of professional baseball with the National Girls Baseball League in 1945. Indeed, in spite of helping to make history and earning money for college, she actually felt ashamed of her achievement for years, and it’s only been relatively recently that she’s begun to take pride in it. The recent accolades that the 86-year-old Roth has received from Washington state elected officials have helped to sway her opinion, from Gov. Jay Inslee inviting her to an autograph session and a brief round of catch in Olympia on Jan. 7, to state Sen. John McCoy paying her a visit at her home in Grandview Village on Jan. 8. McCoy is a longtime
fan of the movie “A League of Their Own,” based on Roth’s competitors in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, and became aware of her after she met with Inslee, who proclaimed Jan. 7 “Dorothy Roth Day” for the state, due in part to her receiving the first of the Washington Health Care Association’s “Silver Spotlight” awards. “The Washington Health Care Association heard about Dorothy through a piece that had run on her in Evening Magazine, and they decided that the achievements of members of the ‘Greatest Generation’ should be honored every month, starting with her,” said Tracy Willis, director of corporate development for Village Concepts. For his part, Inslee credited women baseball players Courtesy Photo such as Roth with provid- Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee greets Marysville’s Dorothy Roth at the governor’s mansion in Olympia on Jan. 7. SEE ROTH, PAGE 2