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Brown’s work on regulatory reform recognized by small business Tri-Cities senator’s 100-percent small-business score earns her ‘Guardian of Small Business’ award Since her arrival in the Legislature, Sen. Sharon Brown has been a vocal advocate for employers and the Senate’s leading voice for regulatory reform, working tirelessly to make it easier for entrepreneurs and small-business owners to grow, expand... Read More...
Brown named to nuclear-energy task force State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, today announced her appointment to the new Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy. The bipartisan group of state senators and representatives will study the feasibility and economic benefits of increasing nuclear-power production in the state. “As our population grows, getting affordable, clean energy to... Read More...
Deep Dive: Energy and environment issues in the 2014 session As we’ve taken a deep dive into education and jobs, we’ve seen a clear pattern emerge. The Senate, with its bipartisan coalition focused on common-sense solutions, offers up legislation to address some of the challenges we face as a state, only to see needed reforms ignored in the House of... Read More...
Bridges: Looking back on the 2014 Session It’s been a week since we wrapped up the 2014 Legislative session, and now seems like a good time to take a look back and evaluate what we have been able to accomplish. In the previous Bridges to a Better Government, I discussed my specific bills and how they fared.... Read More...
Bridges: Happy Sine Die! Happy Sine Die! That strange Latin phrase translates literally to “without day” and in terms of the Legislature, it means without a day set to reconvene. The 2014 legislative session in Olympia ended tonight, and I am now making my way back home. It’s been a busy 60 days, but... Read More...
Brown pleased with fiscally responsible budget update Bipartisan budget includes emphasis on education and no new taxes but fails to include job incentives With time running out in the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers adopted a supplemental operating budget that prioritizes education, continues to balance across four years, doesn’t raise taxes and holds the line on tuition increases... Read More...
Guest op-ed: ‘Double paying’ for clean energy hurts consumers By SEN. SHARON BROWN AND REP. SHELLY SHORT Nobody likes to pay twice for the same thing. Our inherent understanding of value and fairness encompasses this fact. Yet here in Washington state, energy consumers continually see their rates increase as they are forced to pay twice for energy efficiency upgrades... Read More...
Bridges: Time to cowboy up! We’re getting down to wire here in Olympia, with less than one week to go until the end of the 2014 regular legislative session. Today the Senate completed its work on bills sent to us by the House of Representatives. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Senate will be in session to begin... Read More...
Sen. Brown celebrates National Day of the Cowboy Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, celebrates the 2014 National Day of the Cowboy by sponsoring Senate Resolution 8696, talking with members of the Benton-Franklin Fair Rodeo Court and visiting with the Washington Cattlemen’s Association at the annual “Beef Day” event at the Capitol. Read More...