Bridges

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...
It’s budget season in Olympia It’s officially “budget season” in Olympia. In recent weeks the Senate approved its operating- and capital-budget plans while the majority party in the House of Representatives passed its $44.9 billion spending plan. There are some key differences between the two approaches – most notably that the Senate balances without new taxes,... Read More...
House Democrats propose $8 billion in new taxes! We are now less than one month away from the end of the 2017 legislative session. Today was the date for Senate policy committees to pass House bills – measures that must be considered by the Ways and Means and Transportation committees have another week to get through the committee... Read More...
Getting Smart on Crime Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to... Read More...
Week 10 of the 2017 Legislative Session There are just five-and-a-half weeks to go in the 2017 regular legislative session. Several of my bills have already received hearings in the House of Representatives, and other bills related to budget are receiving hearings in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. …This week the House Committee on Commerce and Gaming endorsed my... Read More...
Getting things done! With this week’s Bridges to a Better Government, I am highlighting a few of my bills that moved through the Senate in advance of today’s cutoff deadline. I had several bills make it, including a couple that focus on promoting emerging technology in the energy field. My bills to encourage... Read More...
Action moves to the Senate floor This is the 8th week of the 2017 legislative session and many measures are moving forward in Olympia. On Monday the Senate passed two of my bills with broad bipartisan support, and even more could be approved in the next couple of days. We will continue voting on Senate bills... Read More...
Fairness for taxpayers Today the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus welcomed two friends who were in town – Congressman Dan Newhouse and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The two federal lawmakers briefed us on the very active agenda back in the other Washington, including steps being taken to reduce needless regulations and help job-creation. I am... Read More...
Nuclear bills beat committee deadline This week in Olympia saw several packed committee meetings as we quickly approach the Friday deadline for bills to be advanced out of the Senate’s 12 policy committees. Many of the nuclear- and emerging energy bills that I have introduced not only received hearings last week, but were also approved... Read More...
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