Brown scores major wins for Tri-Cities in final approved 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 $8 million in funding for 8th District projects included in the final 2021-23 capital budget. Brown pushed aggressively to... Read More...
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, ... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
Tax and Spend is Back Again in Dem Budget With so much money coming into the state, there is clearly no reason for tax increases, yet this week Democrats introduced an operating budget plan that spends the entire rainy day fund and still relies on the creation of a new and most-likely unconstitutional income tax on capital gains. A... Read More...
Republican lawmakers: Move schools, employers to next phase now ‘Open Safe, Open Now: A Republican plan for Phase 3 and Beyond’ shows trust in the people In response to sharply declining COVID-19 case rates and hospitalization rates statewide, legislative Republicans today announced a simple, practical and consistent plan to get all communities in Washington fully open for both school... Read More...
BREAKING NEWS: Republicans Offer Reopen WA Plan Today I lead my Senate and House Republican colleagues in releasing our Open Safe, Open Now plan for Phase 3 and beyond. I wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to hear about this plan first-hand. Below is the press release we sent out to the media, along with... Read More...
Brown’s bill aims to protect domestic violence victims Senate votes unanimously to approve ‘commonsense’ safety measure    The Senate has unanimously approved Sen. Sharon Brown’s bill to alert domestic-violence victims when their abusers are paroled, furloughed or otherwise released back into the public. “This is a commonsense reform that would result in greater protection for the victims of domestic... Read More...