Why is the Legislature still in session? While I am very hopeful that we will soon see a resolution to the budget negotiations, progress remains slow. The sticking points, however, have never been clearer. The Senate proposal has no tax increases. If the House accepted the Senate proposal, as is, the session could come to a close... Read More...
Senate panel to review impact of recent Supreme Court decisions Tomorrow the Senate Law and Justice Committee will hear testimony on three measures aimed at addressing recent Washington State Supreme Court decisions. COMMITTEE details: Date: Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17 Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Senate Hearing Rm. 4, J.A. Cherberg Building, Olympia Public Hearing:  SB 6099 – Appointing a representative for... Read More...
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...
State Voting Rights Act doesn’t live up to noble name This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. When talk turns to the Voting Rights Act, that old black-and-white news footage starts running through our minds — sit-ins, boycotts and the March on Washington. The federal law of 1965 was one of the most significant bills of the... Read More...
Governor signs Roger Freeman Act to help families in need Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2140, which creates a law to help families struggling to pay for court-ordered services. The signing caps an effort that began during the 2014 legislative session under the leadership of the late Rep. Roger Freeman, who passed away last October. Before the bill... 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...
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