Operating Budget

February 15, 2024

Public pressure helps kill bill raising property tax cap

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers February 15, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, A key deadline has been reached as the 2024 legislative session enters its final three weeks. Tuesday was “Senate floor cutoff,” the last day for...
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April 27, 2023

Legislature fails to pass bill addressing drug-possession penalties

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers April 27, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, The Legislature ended its 105-day session Sunday night. As usually happens, the final days of the session focused on passing the final versions of the...
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April 08, 2023

Video update to 4th District Slavic-speaking population

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March 30, 2023

Governor signs Padden bill raising penalties for sexually abusive jail guards

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 30, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, I am pleased that my public safety bill that imposes longer sentences on sexually abusive jail and prison guards was signed today by Governor Inslee...
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March 22, 2023

Senate’s proposed capital budget funds several 4th District projects, says Padden

Sen. Mike Padden appreciates that the Senate’s proposed two-year state capital budget, released Monday, includes several projects in the 4th Legislative District and allows district residents to see their tax dollars help their local communities. “Just about everything I requested is included in the Senate’s capital budget proposal, so I’m...
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March 17, 2023

Sen. Padden to hold 4th District telephone town hall Monday, March 20

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 17, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. I invite you and other 4th Legislative District residents to take part in a district telephone town hall on Monday, March 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. Invitations to...
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March 16, 2023

Despite stable state coffers, Democrats want to create ‘wealth tax’

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 16, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. The 2023 legislative session is now in its 10th week, with five weeks to go. April 23 is the scheduled last day. As the Legislature approaches the home stretch...
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March 10, 2023

Bills passed by Senate don’t go far enough to combat drugs, allow police to pursue suspects

Note: The following e-newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 10, 2023. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, click here. The Senate just passed a milestone for the 2023 legislative session. Wednesday was the “floor cutoff,” the last day for the Senate to vote on Senate bills, except measures...
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March 09, 2022

Fourth District lawmakers secure funding for local projects in supplemental capital budget

Today the Legislature approved mid-cycle updates to the state’s 2021-23 capital budget, which will fund several projects important to the 4th Legislative District. Senate Bill 5651 was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 98-0, and cleared the Senate unanimously today. In the supplemental plan,...
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