Report from Olympia

Report from Olympia: Raise taxes or else? Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it… I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it... Read More...
$1.1 billion more in revenue should be enough! We recently got more good budget news; the economic forecast that came out this week pointed to the state expecting more revenue thanks to our recovering economy.This proves once again that there is no need for new taxes. In fact, there are some of us who believe that it is... Read More...
Report from Olympia — May 13, 2015 Sen. Padden with Rose Gundersen, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Washington Engage — an organization that works to prevent sex and labor trafficking in Washington State. Our district office is now open! Although the special session means that I have to continue to be in Olympia for a bit... Read More...
Report from Olympia — April 30, 2015 While there is still much work to be done, several bills did make it through the legislative process and are now being signed into law. Last week Senate Bill 5101, my legislation to allow courts to order a mental evaluation of an offender, even if the Department of Corrections does... Read More...
Report from Olympia — April 24, 2015 Today the Senate passed a resolution commending businesses that have made veteran employment a priority. Our state is honored to host several major military bases and significant installations from all branches of the military, including Spokane County’s own Fairchild Air Force Base. With our military having been engaged in two... Read More...
Report from Olympia — April 17, 2015 There are just nine days left in the legislative session. This week we hit the deadline for the Senate and House to take action on bills from the opposite chamber, except those necessary to implement the budget and bills in dispute between the chambers. While I am hopeful that I... Read More...
Report from Olympia — April 14, 2015 The scheduled end of the 2015 legislative session is only 12 days away. That’s a very short amount of time to complete all the work yet to be done – especially on the budget. This week the House and the Senate began formal negotiations over their budget proposals. The two... Read More...
Report from Olympia — April 8, 2015 Early Friday morning, the Senate unanimously passed our bill to make a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony. The policy is also funded in the Senate’s state budget proposal. This is great news. We’ve been working for a number of years to get this change through the Legislature,... Read More...
Report from Olympia — March 27, 2015 There are just four weeks left in the 2015 regular legislative session. Today – day 75 of the 105-day session – the majority party in the House of Representatives finally released its proposed operating budget. I’ll have more information on its proposal in my next update, but the initial news... Read More...
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