EDITORIAL: Business reforms are key to Tri-Cities job creation By Senator Sharon Brown Special to the Tri-City Herald The most efficient way to create jobs and stimulate a lackluster economy is to help businesses find more time and resources. Business owners who don’t have to spend time and money wading through the complex system of rules and regulations will... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for May 1, 2013 As the eleventh hour approached Sunday afternoon, it became glaringly obvious that no budget agreement would suddenly materialize and allow us to adjourn the 2013 legislative session on time. After 105 days – despite the Senate’s passage of a budget that puts over a billion dollars into education, balances for... Read More...
Brown disappointed by House’s inability to conclude business Shortly after the gavels fell Sunday night, bringing an end to the 105-day 2013 session of the Washington State Legislature, Sen. Sharon Brown expressed her dismay that a special session is now required to continue the state’s unfinished business. Brown, a Republican from Kennewick, says the overtime session should never... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for April 23, 2013 In odd years, the Washington State Legislature meets for 105 days. In even years, we’re only in session for 60 days. This Sunday marks the 105th day of the 2013 legislative session, and therefore it is the constitutionally-mandated final day of the “regular” session…and regular is in quotes because if... Read More...
Senate passes historic bipartisan budget Last Friday, the Senate adopted a bipartisan operating budget that would spend more on basic and higher education while addressing the needs of Washington’s most vulnerable citizens, all without raising taxes. The measure passed by a vote of 30-18. The $33.3 billion, two-year spending plan would increase state support for... Read More...
Status update on my bills While many of my job-creation bills passed the Senate unanimously, it appears that some members of the House of Representatives are playing political games by holding certain bills hostage. And it’s not just my bills that are being affected…many of my colleagues are finding their unanimously-supported proposals held up by... Read More...
AGINFO.NET: Sharon Brown on Cowboy Day An effort to recognize the cowboy by designating a “National Day of the Cowboy” has been gaining ground across the country, with several states preparing to pass state resolutions to do just that. State Senator Sharon Brown has taken up the reins to push for a National Day of the... Read More...
Governor releases budget that relies on higher taxes This week, Governor Jay Inslee finally unveiled his long-awaited budget proposal. Unfortunately, though he promised to avoid tax increases on the campaign trail, his budget relies on new taxes totaling $1.4 billion over the next two years, including tax increases on businesses, oil refineries, beer and bottled-water drinkers and out-of-state... Read More...