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Amy Biviano (D) - Candidate for WA State House, Dist. 4, Pos. 2

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Amy Biviano is running for WA State House of Representatives - District 4, Position 2 Amy Biviano is running for WA State House of Representatives - District 4, Position 2

Political Party: Democratic
Education: Yale University, BA 1997, Gonzaga Business School, MBA 2007
Spouse: Andrew Biviano
Religion: Christian
Date of Birth: 11/161974

Background: I am a mother of two boys, a wife of 15 years, and a CPA who focuses on small businesses and nonprofit organizations. I have worked hard to bring my clients through this recession and I will bring this same level of fiscal disciple to Olympia. I forged relationships within our schools as a Math is Cool coach and a volunteer with the Washington Society of CPAs, teaching financial literacy in University High School. I have served on several bipartisan commissions and boards, including the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee for Mayor Verner and Mayor Condon, streamlining the city's expenses and revenues.

Top Priorities
My first priority is job creation and state tax reform. As a CPA working for small businesses, I am ready and able to reform our regressive business tax code, eliminating the over 400 special interest loopholes that give away hard earned revenue to big businesses but leave small business owners holding the bag and shouldering the burden. Since over 90% of the businesses in Liberty Lake, the Spokane Valley, Millwood, Greenacres and Colbert have less than 50 employees, reducing tax burdens will help these businesses create more jobs and stabilize our community through long term growth.

We must also prioritize education. An investment in our kids now pays dividends into the future. We have existing partnerships like the Tech Center where the Valley school systems (EV, CV, and WV) have partnered with local businesses like SCAFCO and Boeing to create challenging curriculum that prepares graduates for good paying jobs here at home, and gives them a leg up if they chose to go to college. These public/private partnerships give our kids options while strengthening our public system, raising our community in the process.

I hear every day how important our public safety is to all members of our community. I will strengthen our public safety by working across the aisle, bring common sense to our discussion. As Sheriff Knezovich and I have discussed, we must return to the funding system of the late 90's where our domestic violence advocates, deputies and prosecutors all worked on the same computer system and shared a common location so that a family could be tracked and protected against escalating violence. With our current disjointed system, the same family can have over 6 different points of contact when they reach out for help, the reporting rate is often around 6% and the vast majority of these moms and kids aren't safe. Even if you're blessed as I am to live in a house without the everyday threat of violence, our children and grandchildren still attend schools with others who've only seen violence in their homes. This problem is more than just public safety -- this is a large reason for the increase in bullying in our schools and teachers are forced to focus on the social issues rather than doing the hard work of educating our kids.