March 08, 2018

They’re raiding the state rainy day fund!

Majority is using a “felony budget gimmick,” which the State Treasurer calls a “dangerous precedent” and has urged the Legislature to reject. We received some particularly alarming news late last night, when the Senate majority unveiled a last-minute, secret plan to do an “end run” around the state constitution in order to...
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November 17, 2015

Seasons change and the new session approaches

As we approach Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, we are reminded of the importance of family, faith and thankfulness for all the blessings in our lives. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity you have given me to be your voice in the Senate. In even-numbered years, like 2016, the legislative...
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September 11, 2015

Bad timing by our state Supreme Court

The only debate between then-challenger Ronald Reagan and incumbent President Jimmy Carter prior to the 1980 presidential election produced one of the lines for which President Reagan is still remembered. “There you go again,” he said to Carter (before explaining that Carter’s promotion of national health insurance misrepresented Reagan’s position...
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January 27, 2014

IN THE NEWS: Sen. Padden questions state Supreme Court’s education mandate

As published here Jan. 24, 2014 in the Tacoma News Tribune Court dictates school funding? What’s next? By MIKE PADDEN, MATT MANWELLER AND TERRY NEALEY There is a clear principle outlined in the Washington Constitution, based on our federal model, called the separation of powers. This is the system of checks...
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February 28, 2012

Padden recognizes local finalist for civic teacher of the year award

On Monday Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, honored West Valley School District teacher Ned Fadeley, a top finalist for the Washington State Legislative Civic Educator of the Year Award.  Padden presented Fadeley with a certificate recognizing his hard work and achievement, while many of Fadeley’s students who were able to...
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