Report from Olympia

Work continues from the district The 2019 legislative session is over, and many of us are still coming to terms with the aftermath of the majority’s implementation of its agenda. There was a lack of transparency and proper legislative process that saw major tax hikes passing during late night hours of the last days of... Read More...
Session ends — new taxes and bigger government headed your way The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers May 2, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. At midnight Sunday in the Senate, crowds await the final gavel ending the 2019 legislative session. New taxes and bigger government headed your way Session ends, and long-ranging problems can be... Read More...
Taxes? Immunizations? Sanctuary state? Big issues in doubt in Olympia The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers April 25, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Busy floor sessions are commonplace as the Legislature heads toward adjournment. Waiting for a deal as Legislature’s adjournment nears Legislature due to adjourn Sunday, but major issues, DUI bill... Read More...
Saving the worst for last in Olympia The following newsletters was sent to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on April 18, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Saving the worst for last in the Washington Legislature Big tax increases, controversial measures await action in the next 10 days Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’re in the... Read More...
Every now and again, a good idea succeeds at the statehouse The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers April 11, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. To see debate on Senate floor amendment regarding heroin injection sites, click here. A few pleasant statehouse surprises as Legislature works toward the finish Not everything in Olympia is gloom... Read More...
Ready for a state income tax? The debate is on Sex-ed, vaccines and honors for Edgar Martinez The following newsletter was distributed to Sen. Padden’s subscribers April 4, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Of budgets and blossoms, and a taxing argument we can do without Democratic budget proposals set up debate over an income tax Dear... Read More...
A gusher of money, and still it’s not enough As state coffers overflow with cash, Legislature considers tax increases The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 28, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week our legislative session enters the home stretch. What’s clear is that the debate of the... Read More...
Back from the dead in Olympia The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 21, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Back from the dead in Olympia DUI bill poised for resuscitation after deadline ‘kills’ measure Dear Friends and Neighbors, Olympia is a town where the dead come back to life on... Read More...
Legislature runs wild at mid-session cutoff The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 14, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Legislature runs wild at mid-session cutoff DUI bill denied vote in Senate, but fight continues Dear Friends and Neighbors, If you’ve ever wondered what our state would be like if Seattle... Read More...