Brace for a very different kind of session With 2021 rapidly approaching, we will soon be back in session and able to consider limiting the governor’s emergency powers. His use of those powers to rule for over eight and-a-half months has made it clear that the Legislature must have more options. In the meantime, we are preparing for... Read More...
Padden calls new Covid-19 restrictions unfair blow to small business Inslee’s refusal to accept citizen input is biggest barrier to public buy-in, says Spokane Valley lawmaker Shortly after Gov. Jay Inslee held a Sunday press conference to announce a new ban on social gatherings and further restrictions on businesses, Sen. Mike Padden began hearing complaints and pleas for help from... Read More...
Eastern Washington could lose its voice Make sure you’re counted in the Census The future of your community and representation is at stake! The 2020 Census is underway and is ready for America to respond. Plan to include everyone living in your home since April 1. You can respond online in one of 13 languages and find assistance... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Lawmakers ask state to invest in Eastern Washington census efforts On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) and Rep. Bill Jenkin (R-Prosser) sent a letter to former Gov. Gary Locke, chairman of Washington Complete Count Committee, and the Washington State Office of Financial Management, voicing their strong concerns about the need for additional efforts to promote eastern Washington participation in... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Inslee puts public at risk with illogical inmate-release plan By Sen. Mike Padden | Spokesman-Review Guest Editorial In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Jay Inslee has required Washingtonians to make many sacrifices. From wearing masks in public and participating in religious celebrations via streaming to being confined to our homes thanks to social distancing, Washingtonians have generally been... Read More...
Property Tax Deadline Extended Treasurer Baumgartner announced last month that he would exercise his authority during a state of emergency found in RCW 84.56.020(10) to grant an extension of the first half property tax deadline. The first half 2020 property tax payment deadline in Spokane County will be extended from April 30th to June 15th. Important... Read More...
Protecting our rights during the coronavirus crisis Usually after a legislative session, I tell you how good it is to be back home in the district, getting to see all of you face to face for the first time in months at a variety of events. Not so this time. Home means home, as, like all Washingtonians,... Read More...