Friends and neighbors,

Welcome to my website! I’m Sharon Brown, your Washington State Senator for the 8th Legislative District. Thank you for taking the time to participate in your state government.

When I first came to Olympia, I had three priorities…jobs, education and a sustainable budget. I believe we must find creative ways to streamline state government’s interaction with private businesses in order to free up their resources to start creating more jobs. Reforming our state’s business and regulatory laws will go a long way toward helping people get back to work.

I also believe it is our responsibility to create an environment where our kids can get a world-class education right here at home. A number of education reform proposals have surfaced which I believe will not only uphold our constitutionally-mandated responsibility to provide for basic education, but help us meet the state Supreme Court’s requirements set forth in the McCleary decision as well.

Finally, none of those things would be possible without a balanced, sustainable budget. It is the cornerstone upon which the rest of state government is based. For too long, state government has become used to spending beyond its means and its time we begin to take a more realistic approach to funding state programs and services. The most recent revenue forecast shows our state will be taking in more tax dollars than at any time in history, which means we can – and should – adopt a budget that balances without relying on tax increases.

As always, it is my honor to represent you in the Washington State Senate. I look forward to hearing from you via e-mail, phone or in person. Representative government depends on citizen input and participation, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. My door in Olympia is always open.

Thank you for visiting! Please contact me with any questions.

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Higher energy taxes on the way?
Higher energy taxes on the way?
There are several good bills that should have advanced, but died in one chamber or the other. There are also a large number of bills that I wish would have died, but didn’t — including a constitutionally questionable income tax proposal, a cap-and-tax carbon scheme, a high cost fuels standard, ...
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Cutoff highlights refusal to address emergency powers — one of many majority Democrat failures, say top Senate Republicans
Cutoff highlights refusal to address emergency powers — one of many majority Democrat failures, say top Senate Republicans
Senate Republican leaders released the following remarks after Sunday’s legislative deadline for bills that passed in their house origin to be considered by the opposite chamber. Bills that did not pass in both chambers by Sunday’s cutoff are considered ‘dead’ except for those considered necessary to implement the budget, such...
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House approves Brown industry-siting bill
House approves Brown industry-siting bill
The House of Representatives today voted 95-2 to approve Sen. Sharon Brown’s legislation to establish an innovative statewide industrial-siting coordination program. “As we continue to move forward with our pandemic recovery efforts, it is important that we look for creative ways to support industry growth,” explained Brown, R-Kennewick. “Industrial symbiosis...
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There’s a better way…
There’s a better way…
This week, Senate Democrats held a debate and vote on their $59 billion, two-year budget spending proposal. The budget assumes the enactment of an income tax on capital gains, which has has already passed the Senate and awaits a vote in the House. During the floor debate on the budget, Senate...
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A representative government only works when those represented take an active part in the process. I'm here to serve you, and your direct input helps me do my job better. Please don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail, phone or by mail, or make an appointment to see me in person. I look forward to hearing from you!