Legislature

Latest budget proposal gets a thumb’s-up from Senator Brown Sen. Sharon Brown today voted for an updated state-government spending plan that she says focuses on education as the state’s top budget priority, while protecting Washington’s fragile economic recovery. “The Majority Coalition Caucus’ original budget proposal put education first, limited the growth of non-education spending and contained no new taxes.... Read More...
Brown-supported business bills signed into law by governor Gov. Jay Inslee signed another business-reform bill backed by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, and sponsored by Puget Sound Republican Rep. Norma Smith. Brown and Smith worked together to write the legislation that furthers the goal of regulatory reform in Washington. “I’m very glad Norma sponsored the House versions of my... 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...
Disabled veterans’ sales-tax exemption bill signed by Gov. Inslee Gov. Jay Inslee has signed Senate Bill 5072, which grants disabled veterans a sales-tax exemption on adaptive equipment needed to safely operate their personal vehicles. The measure was sponsored by former 8th District Sen. Jerome Delvin, and staunchly supported by his successor, Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick. “Our veterans are asked... Read More...
EDITORIAL: Business reforms are key to Tri-Cities job creation By Senator Sharon Brown Special to the Tri-City Herald The most efficient way to create jobs and stimulate a lackluster economy is to help businesses find more time and resources. Business owners who don’t have to spend time and money wading through the complex system of rules and regulations will... 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...
Brown disappointed by House’s inability to conclude business Shortly after the gavels fell Sunday night, bringing an end to the 105-day 2013 session of the Washington State Legislature, Sen. Sharon Brown expressed her dismay that a special session is now required to continue the state’s unfinished business. Brown, a Republican from Kennewick, says the overtime session should never... 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...
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