Bridges

Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for May 29, 2013 I remain focused on adopting a budget that makes substantial investments in education and balances without general tax increases on our state’s families and employers. Residents in our district are stretched thin enough as it is and don’t need any more tax burdens heaped upon them by the state. While... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for May 20, 2013 One week into the first “special session” of the Legislature and I’m working hard to make sure that the 2013-15 state budget doesn’t include any new or increased taxes. Last week mostly consisted of budget negotiations, ceremonial bill signings and meetings of policy committees, and now there are just three... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for May 1, 2013 As the eleventh hour approached Sunday afternoon, it became glaringly obvious that no budget agreement would suddenly materialize and allow us to adjourn the 2013 legislative session on time. After 105 days – despite the Senate’s passage of a budget that puts over a billion dollars into education, balances for... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for April 23, 2013 In odd years, the Washington State Legislature meets for 105 days. In even years, we’re only in session for 60 days. This Sunday marks the 105th day of the 2013 legislative session, and therefore it is the constitutionally-mandated final day of the “regular” session…and regular is in quotes because if... Read More...
Senate passes historic bipartisan budget Last Friday, the Senate adopted a bipartisan operating budget that would spend more on basic and higher education while addressing the needs of Washington’s most vulnerable citizens, all without raising taxes. The measure passed by a vote of 30-18. The $33.3 billion, two-year spending plan would increase state support for... Read More...
Status update on my bills While many of my job-creation bills passed the Senate unanimously, it appears that some members of the House of Representatives are playing political games by holding certain bills hostage. And it’s not just my bills that are being affected…many of my colleagues are finding their unanimously-supported proposals held up by... Read More...
Governor releases budget that relies on higher taxes This week, Governor Jay Inslee finally unveiled his long-awaited budget proposal. Unfortunately, though he promised to avoid tax increases on the campaign trail, his budget relies on new taxes totaling $1.4 billion over the next two years, including tax increases on businesses, oil refineries, beer and bottled-water drinkers and out-of-state... Read More...
Cutoff deadline reached, many bills survive Wednesday was the last day that bills could be considered in their body of origin. It’s a legislatively self-imposed deadline called “floor cutoff” that is designed to keep the process moving as we pass the halfway point of the 2013 session. After that, only bills considered “necessary to implement the... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for March 8, 2013 We’ve spent the past week in the Senate discussing, debating and passing bills from our chamber and sending them to the House of Representatives. The House has been doing the same, and we’ll all continue doing it next week as well as we approach what’s known in the Legislature as... Read More...
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