2019 Session is underway! Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! The 2019 legislative session got under way Monday, and things are already moving along quickly at the Capitol. This is a budget year, meaning the Legislature is tasked with approving a budget for the 2019-21 biennium. We will also be working on a variety of... Read More...
The final stretch… We are through the last full week of the 2018 regular legislative session. There are now just six days until the scheduled end of the session on Thursday, March 8. Democrats in the House and Senate have each passed their own supplemental budget plans. The two chambers will now be... Read More...
Why the Senate Democrat budget failed to get a single Republican vote In her video update for the 8th week of the 2018 Legislative Session, Sen. Sharon Brown discusses why the Senate Democrat supplemental operating budget failed to receive even a single Republican vote. Brown and her Republican colleagues voted for an alternative budget that spends less, saves more, makes greater investments... Read More...
A better way on the budget Republican alternative offers tax relief, tuition breaks and investments in mental health and special education Time is ticking down on the 2018 session, and last week, all eyes in the Capitol were focused on the state budget. On Friday the Senate Democrats passed their supplemental budget proposals. While there are some... Read More...
$2.4 billion more in tax revenue pours in We have reached the halfway point on the legislative calendar, as the Senate has now completed work on its own bills and is now exclusively considering bills passed in the House of Representatives, along with those necessary to pass the supplemental budgets. While many good bills died because of the... Read More...
What they did while you were sleeping… For all but political junkies, TVW (the state-supported public-affairs network) usually makes for a good cure for insomnia. On Wednesday night, however, things got a bit heated, as Democrats tried to push through a controversial bill aimed at forcing homecare workers into labor unions. While reasonable folks can disagree on... Read More...