One lawmaker is pushing for the state to invest $300 million on many now consider a homeless crisis in Washington state.
State Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Vashon Island, suggests dipping into the state's so-called rainy day fund to find the money. Nelson believes Washington is in a homeless state of emergency.
"We should use the rainy day fund and declare it an emergency," said Nelson. "This effects every community and every family. I don't want my kids to look at kids huddled in tarps and say, ‘Mom. Why is that happening in our state?'"
The rainy day fund is estimated to be around $1.3 billion. Lawmakers are expected to approve taking out some of those funds to help pay for expenses during the 2015 wildfire season.