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Sen. Padden issues statement on final budget vote Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, released the following statement after the Senate’s final vote Friday on the 2017-19 operating budget. Padden was the only member of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus to vote against the $43.7 billion budget agreement. The budget bill, SB 5883, was approved in the Senate by... Read More...
Final budget deal reached — details to come The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, June 29, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. High drama in Legislature’s final days Dear friends and neighbors, After months of work, negotiators for the Senate and the House announced Wednesday they have reached... Read More...
Greeners gone wild — Senate probes costs The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, June 22, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here.  Stay tuned as Legislature works on session-ending deal Dear friends and neighbors, The Legislature’s biggest drama continues to play out behind closed doors as negotiators for... Read More...
As budget negotiations proceed, Senate insists on Hirst fix The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, June 15, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Hirst fix passes Senate for third time Dear friends and neighbors, Work is continuing at the statehouse as we negotiate a final deal on the state... Read More...
Senate committee chair offers new version of Corrections reform bill OLYMPIA – A new version of this year’s Department of Corrections reform bill will be heard in the Senate Law and Justice Committee Tuesday, as Chair Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, seeks middle ground on one of the session’s biggest issues. The new version of Senate Bill 5294, sponsored by Padden,... Read More...
Freedom on trial at The Evergreen State College The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, June 8, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Waiting for a session-ending breakthrough Dear friends and neighbors, Right now the Legislature is waiting for House and Senate negotiators work to reach a final agreement on a... Read More...
Padden: Counties’ campaign is about taxes, not public safety The following op-ed appeared in The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, June 4, 2017. By Sen. Mike Padden Special to The Spokesman-Review In the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session, we’ve been hearing wild claims about the Senate’s no-new-taxes budget proposal; you might get the idea the sky is falling. The argument... Read More...
Victory at last for felony DUI bill The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s Report From Olympia, May 18, 2017. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, At long last, our effort to make the 4th DUI a felony in the state of Washington has cleared the final hurdle... Read More...
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