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Deep Dive: Energy and environment issues in the 2014 session As we’ve taken a deep dive into education and jobs, we’ve seen a clear pattern emerge. The Senate, with its bipartisan coalition focused on common-sense solutions, offers up legislation to address some of the challenges we face as a state, only to see needed reforms ignored in the House of... Read More...
Brown pleased with fiscally responsible budget update Bipartisan budget includes emphasis on education and no new taxes but fails to include job incentives With time running out in the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers adopted a supplemental operating budget that prioritizes education, continues to balance across four years, doesn’t raise taxes and holds the line on tuition increases... Read More...
In the News: Bill to help in-state manufacturers remains on track A bill to help in-state manufacturers is still on track as the legislative session nears a possible conclusion Thursday. Senate Bill 6515, which would establish a pilot program and give five new manufacturing facilities a tax credit to cover portions of each facility’s construction costs, was not voted on by... Read More...
Guest op-ed: ‘Double paying’ for clean energy hurts consumers By SEN. SHARON BROWN AND REP. SHELLY SHORT Nobody likes to pay twice for the same thing. Our inherent understanding of value and fairness encompasses this fact. Yet here in Washington state, energy consumers continually see their rates increase as they are forced to pay twice for energy efficiency upgrades... Read More...
Senate approves Brown’s ‘Reinvest in Washington Jobs Act’   Brown bill encouraging employers to hire members of the DD community also moves to House Calling it one of the most ingenious ways ever to promote economic development, members of the Washington State Senate today passed the “Reinvest in Washington Jobs Act” by a vote of 45-2. “We’ve heard... Read More...
In the News: Senate bill would benefit manufacturing Sen. Sharon Brown and Kennewick Mayor Steve Young hope a proposed pilot program will help the Tri-Cities and other areas draw in more manufacturers. Together, they came up with an idea that would allow manufacturers to reinvest some of what they would normally pay in business and occupation tax back... Read More...
Brown bill to lower energy costs and create jobs moves to House SB 6058 would allow hydro efficiency improvements to count as renewable under state mandate. Sen. Sharon Brown is calling on the House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead and pass her bill to reduce energy costs for residents and employers by formally recognizing incremental hydropower as a renewable form... Read More...
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