New taxes not needed to fully fund education

Published on March 27, 2015
Following today’s release of the House of Representative’s new two-year operating budget proposal, Sen. Andy Hill, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee issued this statement: “The House’s reliance on volatile tax increases goes against the state’s paramount constitutional duty to fund education with a reliable and stable revenue source. While increasing state spending... Read More

Statewide editorials on Gov. Inslee’s risky climate plan

Published on March 26, 2015
OUR VOICE: INSLEE’S CAP AND TRADE A BAD PLAN FOR WASHINGTON If the cap-and-trade were successful, the revenues would decrease and schools and transportation would be left underfunded, again. At best, if successful, the plan is a stopgap. (March 13, 2015) Read the full editorial here.   INSLEE’S BUDGET GOALS ARE GOOD; APPROACH IS RISKY... Read More

Women’s History Month 2015

Published on March 25, 2015
Narrated by Senator Parlette, this video commemorates Women’s History Month by recognizing the achievements of the women in Washington’s past that paved the way for women in leadership today. Read More

House hearing held on Padden bill protecting private-property rights

Published on March 25, 2015
Today the Washington State House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Sen. Mike Padden’s bill to protect private-property owners from having their property taken by government and given to a private company for economic-development purposes. The bill also would clarify that issues of blight and economic development are not sufficient causes for eminent-domain condemnations. “Private-property... Read More

Home care union contract poses big issues

Published on March 25, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Fifteen years ago, home care workers and others like them were the last great frontier for public-employee-union organizing efforts nationwide. They didn’t look like state employees, they didn’t work like state employees, but they collected state paychecks and there were... Read More

House panel hears Benton bill clarifying tenant property-removal concern

Published on March 25, 2015
Today the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a measure aimed at providing clear guidelines for landlords and tenants in dealing with property left behind following an eviction. Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver and the sponsor of the bill, called it a step that benefits both the landlord and the tenant by providing both sides with... Read More