In the News: Making Washington More Appealing For Manufacturing By Mike Richards -The Lens April 6, 2017 A Senate bill making its way through the Washington State Legislature aims to attract more manufacturing companies to move to the state and incentivize those and any existing businesses to remain and build their projects within Washington. SB 5642, which would offer tax deferrals for eligible manufacturing projects... Read More...
House approves Brown’s ‘Youth Behavioral Health Protection Act’ Today the House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that is aimed at better integrating mental and behavioral health services with pediatric primary-care services. “You need prevention, but to get prevention you need access to care,” said Brown, R-Kennewick. “This bill is a result of community... Read More...
House unanimously passes Brown bill to advance geothermal exploration By a vote of 98 to 0, the House of Representatives today passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that advances research on renewable energy by improving the permitting process for geothermal exploration. “Geothermal energy is a clean, renewable, environmentally-friendly resource that new technology and research are making even... Read More...
It’s budget season in Olympia It’s officially “budget season” in Olympia. In recent weeks the Senate approved its operating- and capital-budget plans while the majority party in the House of Representatives passed its $44.9 billion spending plan. There are some key differences between the two approaches – most notably that the Senate balances without new taxes,... Read More...
What is the Capital Budget? In this week’s video update, Sen. Brown answers the question: What is the capital budget? She also discusses this year’s Senate capital budget proposal, which contains an unprecedented level of support for education — nearly $2 billion. Read More...
House Democrats propose $8 billion in new taxes! We are now less than one month away from the end of the 2017 legislative session. Today was the date for Senate policy committees to pass House bills – measures that must be considered by the Ways and Means and Transportation committees have another week to get through the committee... Read More...
Brown scores major wins for Tri-Cities in Senate capital budget Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, said today she is pleased that her work to get significant funding for local colleges, historical projects and other key community improvements paid off with more than $40 million in funding for 8th District projects included in the Senate’s proposed capital budget. Brown pushed aggressively to... Read More...
Tri-Tech students come to Olympia to build tiny houses for homeless vets In this week’s video update, Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, welcomes six students and their instructors from the Tri-Tech Skills Center, who were in Olympia this week to help build tiny houses for homeless veterans. Tri-Tech partnerspartners with our local high schools to offer advanced technical and professional training. This tuition... Read More...
Getting Smart on Crime Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to... Read More...
Time for Olympia to get “Smart on Crime”   In this week’s video update, Sen. Sharon Brown shares highlights from Week 11 of the 2017 Legislative Session. Among other topics, Sen. Brown discusses the “Smart on Crime” bill, which looks to use savings and efficiency improvements in the criminal justice system to help fund enhanced sentences for sexual... Read More...
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