The Never Ending Session As we worked through the night to finish the bills necessary to implement the budget, all the celebration came to a stop. At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, half of the Senate Democrats broke ranks with the their leadership when they refused to vote for a measure to suspend Initiative 1351... Read More...
Legislature passes Brown plan to encourage job growth Invest in Washington Jobs pilot program would help create new manufacturing and construction jobs Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting employers to Washington and helping them create jobs her top priorities since coming to the Senate. Today, the Legislature passed her... Read More...
Senate passes Brown measure on clean-energy education and nuclear jobs Today the Senate approved a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown aimed at supporting nuclear education and preparing the state to attract more economic development and jobs tied to the nuclear-power industry. Senate Bill 5113, which passed by a vote of 31-12, would require the Department of Commerce to coordinate... Read More...
Nuclear energy policies still alive in Senate budget As you know, I spent a good bit of the regular session working on bills encouraging nuclear energy and preparing the state and our workers to compete for the jobs tied to this growing and evolving clean energy field. I am happy to report that many of the policies in... Read More...
Brown’s Residential Construction Recovery Act signed by governor Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5923, also known as the Residential Construction Recovery Act, which helps residential builders defer payment of impact fees. The measure was sponsored by 8th District Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick. “The middle and working-classes were hammered by the Great Recession and perhaps no industry... Read More...
Senate passes Brown’s Invest in Washington Jobs Act Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting employers to Washington and helping them create jobs her top priorities since coming to the Senate. On Thursday, the Senate passed her “Invest in Washington” jobs bill, aimed at encouraging economic growth and new manufacturing... Read More...
Brown comments on Senate budget slated for vote today Tri-Cities lawmaker applauds the no-new taxes, pro-education budget After a marathon session that saw more than 70 amendments and floor discussions that finally adjourned at 4:15 a.m. Friday, lawmakers are poised to take a final vote today on the Washington State Senate’s two-year, operating budget proposal. Sen. Sharon Brown, the... Read More...
House panel approves trio of Brown bills tied to energy and jobs Economic-development committee endorses nuclear-education program, training for clean-energy jobs Today the House Technology and Economic Development Committee voted to advance three measures sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Brown, including her signature pro-jobs bill – the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act. “I have focused this session on looking for bipartisan... Read More...
Nuclear power and House budget and the Auditor, oh my! What a week it has been in Olympia. We are now just one month away from what should be the end of the 2015 legislative session, and finally – on day 75 of the 105-day legislative session, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has released its budget proposal. My bills to... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: No excuses There are just five weeks to go in the 2015 legislative session. Although we are now two-thirds of the way through the 105-day session, we still haven’t seen a budget proposal from the majority party in the House of Representatives, which is responsible for initiating the budget process this year.... Read More...
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