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DNR admits agency ‘messed up’ The third week of the 2017 legislative session is off to a busy start, full of committee hearings, meetings on emerging issues and discussions about how best to address the education-funding challenges related to the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. We also received some updated budget numbers from the state Economic... Read More...
Is it about money or priorities? By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the challenge the state faces in meeting the education-funding demands of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Providing for basic education (meaning K-12) is the paramount duty of the state, and as the vice chair of the budget-writing committee in the Senate, I... Read More...
2017 Session kicks off with a little Blue & Green Spirit! On Monday, we returned to Olympia for the start of what is sure to be a challenging session. But with every challenge comes opportunity – including the opportunity to serve. My colleagues recently selected me to serve as Deputy Senate Leader and as a Vice Chair of Ways and Means... Read More...
Special session ends as lawmakers reach budget deal Bridges to a Better Government Late last night, after securing a hard-won agreement on the supplemental state budget, the Legislature finally wrapped up its “special session” and adjourned for the year. As has been the case far too often in recent years, it took longer than I would have liked for us... Read More...
8th District town hall canceled due to special session! Unfortunately, because the Legislature is currently in special session and we do not have an ending date, we must cancel our 8th Legislative District town hall, scheduled for this Saturday, March 19. If we are able to reschedule the town hall after the special session ends, I will be sure to... Read More...
Inslee backs down on veto threat; signs Jason’s Law In a misguided attempt to spur action on the budget, Governor Inslee threatened to veto several measures if we had not reached a budget deal (in principle, at least). One of the bills that faced a veto threat was our bill to increase the sentencing guidelines for vehicular homicide –... Read More...
Building on results As the 2016 regular session approaches its end, it is important to look at the remarkable progress made through the budgeting process in recent years – and recognize what is at stake as we work to reach final agreement on a supplemental state budget. Since the Majority Coalition Caucus, of... Read More...
Pennies from heaven, dollars from taxpayers Normally, by the seventh week of a short session, all eyes in the Capitol turn to one issue: the state budget. This was partially true again this year. On Monday the House Democrat budget writers unveiled their proposed 2016 supplemental budget. Though many in Olympia expected a reasonable, truly “supplemental”... Read More...
Dead or alive? The legislative session reaches halfway point. The Legislature reached a critical deadline this week when, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Senate and House had to end consideration of bills that originated in their own chambers. Bills that didn’t make this deadline are considered no longer viable. There is one exception: Measures considered necessary to implement the... Read More...
…Because Accountability Matters! World-famous business leader and success coach Rob Liano once said, “Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it’s positive or negative, you are influencing those around you.” So it is important that those who are in positions of leadership be held accountable... Read More...
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