Patty in the News

It appears Seattle will finally have the money to fix the Mercer Mess. On Wednesday, Sen. Patty Murray's office announced a $30 million stimulus grant to the Mercer Corridor Project. That just about covers the project's remaining tab so Seattle can move forward on the long-debated plan to convert one-way Mercer Street into a two-way boulevard through South Lake Union.

- Seattle PI
The nation’s economy is growing and the Great Recession appears to be over. But for small businesses trying to get a loan, things are more bleak than ever. I listened in this morning as five small business owners met with Sen. Patty Murray to talk about how hard it is to get access to credit. Murray is sponsoring a bill that aims to help. More on that later. But first, the tales of woe.

- Puget Sound Business Journal
Questions remain about certain decisions in the Obama administration's proposed budget for Hanford next year, although it is better than its proposal a year ago, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday. She questioned Peter Orszag, director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, about Hanford and the Veterans Administration construction budget at a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee. On Hanford she got no immediate answer, but OMB agreed to meet with her to discuss issues.

- Tri-City Herald
The number of suicides among veterans in the Spokane region dropped dramatically last year, according to newly released records. In response to a Spokesman-Review request for information, the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center reported nine suicides from July 2008 to July 2009, including three veterans who had contact with the medical center.

- The Spokesman-Review
For Spokane International Airport Director Neal Sealock, a Wednesday afternoon news conference showcased a rebuilt tarmac. For Sen. Patty Murray, “It was nice to be standing on some economic recovery money.”

- Spokesman-Review
A pair of local veterans received due recognition Thursday when Sen. Patty Murray presented them with military decorations during a ceremony at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.

- Bellevue Reporter
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced the funding she secured to boost construction work and community development in Kitsap County has been included in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act. This funding will create jobs building new facilities for local community efforts, Murray’s office said

- Bremerton Patriot
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Wednesday that Congress added $11 million for a new Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Complex at the U.S. Air Force Survival School, which will replace some buildings that are more than 50 years old and expensive to operate because they are inefficient

- Yakima Herald-Republic

Jobless rate bad? It's worse for vets

ECONOMY: Folks who recently left the military more likely to be looking for employment

Nov 30 2009

They volunteer, serve our country honorably and come back and can’t find a job.”Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, is working on legislation that would provide additional employment training and support for unemployed veterans and establish a program to help veterans start their own businesses.

- The News Tribune
Murray, a Washington Democrat and a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation aimed to improve access to care for female veterans. Her bill was rolled into the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health bill, which passed unanimously on Nov. 19.

- The News Tribune