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The final stretch… We are through the last full week of the 2018 regular legislative session. There are now just six days until the scheduled end of the session on Thursday, March 8. Democrats in the House and Senate have each passed their own supplemental budget plans. The two chambers will now be... Read More...
A better way on the budget Republican alternative offers tax relief, tuition breaks and investments in mental health and special education Time is ticking down on the 2018 session, and last week, all eyes in the Capitol were focused on the state budget. On Friday the Senate Democrats passed their supplemental budget proposals. While there are some... Read More...
$2.4 billion more in tax revenue pours in We have reached the halfway point on the legislative calendar, as the Senate has now completed work on its own bills and is now exclusively considering bills passed in the House of Representatives, along with those necessary to pass the supplemental budgets. While many good bills died because of the... Read More...
What they did while you were sleeping… For all but political junkies, TVW (the state-supported public-affairs network) usually makes for a good cure for insomnia. On Wednesday night, however, things got a bit heated, as Democrats tried to push through a controversial bill aimed at forcing homecare workers into labor unions. While reasonable folks can disagree on... Read More...
The clock is ticking! Policy committees approaching key deadline Today the Legislature will reach an important deadline; it is the last day policy committees can vote on Senate bills. Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, is the last day for Senate fiscal committees (Ways and Means; Transportation) to vote on Senate bills that have an effect on the state budget. …It... Read More...
A taste of the Tri-Cities in Olympia The 2018 legislative session is approaching an important deadline. Next Friday, Feb. 2, is the last day for Senate committees to take action on their own bills, except for bills with a cost attached that will impact state budgets (those bills have until Feb. 6 to see committee action). With... Read More...
Standing up for rural Washington I am pleased to report that two measures we voted on, in a Thursday night session, will have a tremendous benefit for our entire state, our district and especially our friends in rural Washington. After months of debate, the Legislature finally approved a fix to the Supreme Court’s disastrous Hirst... Read More...
2018 Session underway! The 2018 legislative session is underway, and things are already moving along quickly at the Capitol. This is a “supplemental” budget year, meaning the Legislature is tasked with making mid-course corrections to the 2017-19 budget. We will also be working on a variety of other topics, including access to well... Read More...
Is $8 billion in new taxes just a fantasy for House leaders? Today is the 101st day of the 2017 legislative session — just four days away from what should be the end of our work this year. Instead, the Legislature will likely be called back next Tuesday into a “special session,” because the Senate and House of Representatives have not approved... Read More...
Finishing strong… House approves Brown bills We’re one week closer to the end of the 2017 regular legislative session, but at this point it’s tough to tell whether we’re closer to coming to agreement on a budget and associated policy bills. There’s still quite a bit up in the air. That will be the case even... Read More...
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