Census takers to start followup July 30 with non-responding households in Snohomish County

This Thursday, July 30, census takers in Snohomish County will begin to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The current self-response rate in Snohomish County is 70.9%, compared with a national response rate of 62.4%. Washington’s response rate is 67.7%. Among South Snohomish County cities, Brier continues to lead the…

Larsen champions changes in federal legislation that would invest $1.5 trillion in transportation

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive, long-term package that invests more than $1.5 trillion in America’s transportation and infrastructure over the next five years. Rep. Rick Larsen, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, championed several provisions in the final bill to rebuild and revitalize…

Rep. Larsen votes for police conduct reform, equal justice legislation

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen Thursday voted for landmark legislation to halt police violence, help build confidence in law enforcement and keep communities safe. The Justice In Policing Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 236 to 181. “Real justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland and countless others and…

Brier still leads state of Washington as top responding city for 2020 Census

Here’s a local update on responses to the 24th U.S. Census, now underway. According to the most recent report from Census officials, the City of Brier still leads the way both statewide and among cities in Snohomish County, with an 85.3% response rate. Edmonds has a 77.3% rate, with Mountlake Terrace at 71.9% and  Lynnwood…

Brier leads state in completing the 2020 census

When it comes to completing the 2020 Census, Brier leads the state — with nearly 85% of households responding. That’s according to the latest figures supplied by Toby Nelson of the U.S. Census Bureau. As of May 21, Brier was the best responding municipality in Washington state with 84.5% of households having returned their census questionnaire….

Larsen to host third COVID-19 telephone town hall May 20

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will host a live telephone town hall starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic with Second District residents. Larsen will hear residents’ concerns and provide an update on benefits available to Washingtonians suffering from the virus’ impacts. This telephone town hall is open to the public. Dial in at 855-962-0954…

U.S. Rep. Larsen announces re-election campaign with virtual message

In a video posted online Monday, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen announced he is running for re-election to represent Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. This week marks the beginning of filing week in Washington state candidates running for election or reelection to public office file with the Secretary of State to have their name appear on the…

More than half of Washington residents respond to 2020 census questionnaire so far

Washington state Tuesday passed the halfway mark for self-response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 questionnaires. Overall, 50.4% of Washington households were reported to have responded to the census, putting the state ahead of the national average of 45.7%. Washington is number two in the western United States for public participation, edged only by Utah….

Commentary: Addressing the economic impacts of COVID-19

From my vantage here in Everett, the public health emergency of the COVID-19 crisis is all around. Snohomish County has the second highest number of cases in the state. Just north in Skagit County, more than 22 percent of people tested for COVID-19 have tested positive, more than twice the statewide average. In San Juan…

Brier tops list of Puget Sound cities responding so far to U.S. Census

In the Puget Sound region, Brier is leading the way when it comes to responding to the U.S. Census, and most cities in the region are showing response rates above the national average. That’s according to a Saturday post from the Puget Sound Regional Council of Governments (PSRC). Households in Brier have filled in their…

Rep. Larsen to host COVID-19 telephone town hall April 7

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will host a live telephone town hall Tuesday, April 7, to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak with 2nd District residents. Suzan “Suzi” LeVine, Commissioner of the Washington Employment Security Department, and Duane Fladland, Director of the Washington Small Business Development Center, will join Larsen to hear residents’ concerns and help answer questions…

Census Bureau delays field operations due to COVID-19 outbreak

Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau said it is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau said it is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau…

Snohomish County launching final phase of 2020 census preparations

Snohomish County’s Complete Count Committee has announced the final phase of actions in preparation for the 2020 United States Census, which includes trainings, locations for assistance completing the survey, and other details. Starting March 12-20, 2020, every household in Snohomish County will receive a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau, inviting them to fill out…

Congressman Rick Larsen meets with Edmonds CC student leaders

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen met with members of the Associated Students of Edmonds Community College Board Monday to discuss issues facing students. Congressman Larsen represents the 2nd District, which includes Lynnwood. The board advocates for college, local, state and national issues that directly affect students’ educational opportunities and access to those opportunities. The board also…

Rep. Larsen discusses impeachment, I-976, legislative achievements at town hall event

Community members filled the interim Mountlake Terrace City Hall chambers last weekend to join U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen in discussing topics ranging from international to local that affect the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. Larsen kicked off the discussion by addressing the impeachment charges against President Donald Trump. Though Larsen was…

Reminder: Larsen invites constituents to community coffee Jan. 11

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen invites constituents to meet him at a community coffee from 10:30 to noon this Saturday, Jan. 11 at interim Mountlake Terrace City Hall, 6100 219th St. S.W. Larsen represents the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. The coffee is an opportunity for Larsen to hear directly from constituents…

U.S. Census Bureau now recruiting for 2020 census takers in Snohomish County

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting hundreds of temporary census takers in Snohomish County to follow up with those who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The pay rate is $18.50 per hour and applications can be made online at 2020census.gov/jobs.  The primary purpose of what the bureau calls a “nonresponse followup operation” is…

State extends unemployment safety net to help federal workers impacted by shutdown

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee and Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine Thursday announced an emergency rule allowing federal workers working without pay to receive unemployment benefits. Workers can learn how to apply here. The Employment Security Department has posted data about the estimated number of workers impacted by county, including estimates of lost wages by…

Partial government shutdown is bad for Washington state, Rep. Rick Larsen says

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who represents Washington’s 2nd District that includes Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, issued a statement Saturday regarding the impacts a partial government shutdown will have on Washington state communities. “A partial government shutdown is bad for Washington state,” Larsen said. “The childish games played by President Trump and Republicans in Congress will…

Paine Field TSA hiring event in Lynnwood Nov 7-8

A hiring event for Transportation Security Administration jobs at the Paine Field airport is set for this Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Lynnwood WorkSource office. People interested can come in between 2-4 p.m. both days to talk with TSA and get application assistance. The address is 18009 Highway 99 Suite A, …