Majority Leader: ‘Troy Kelley has damaged public trust – time to resign’

Published on April 16, 2015
  OLYMPIA… Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released this statement in reaction to the federal indictment of state Auditor Troy Kelley. “The damage has been done and it’s time for Troy Kelley to resign immediately. There is nothing he can do to restore public trust given his evasion and silence on these serious allegations. We... Read More

Legislature must get done on time for students

Published on April 16, 2015
With the 2015 legislative session scheduled to end April 26, Sen. Steve Litzow urged lawmakers to complete their work on time to allow students, teachers and local school districts to utilize a significant investment in public education in the final state budget. “Washington state’s most important responsibility is to provide every child with a quality education,” said... Read More

Legislature enters final stretch of 2015 session

Published on April 15, 2015
Majority Leader: ‘Senate holds the line on last minute projects adding $128 million’ OLYMPIA… Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released this statement as the Legislature passed an important deadline for passage of bills from opposite chambers, and entered the final phase of the 2015 session: “Today is Tax Day for thousands of Washington taxpayers. I... Read More

Washington State Lottery…In 57 Seconds

Published on April 15, 2015
Why is there an education funding crisis in Washington if the Lottery was supposed to fund schools? Learn the truth behind the lottery: how much it raises and where does that money go in this week’s episode of 57 Seconds. Read More

Will this governor cause a government shutdown?

Published on April 14, 2015
This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Jay Inslee dropped a bomb Thursday. Pass a tax increase, the governor told us, or he won’t sign the budget. No one is sure if he is threatening to veto the budget. Maybe he’s saying he will allow the budget... Read More

A capital budget that builds classrooms, not state office buildings

Published on April 14, 2015
This post originally appeared in the Majority Coalition Caucus leadership blog, Exit 105. Over the weekend a news story highlighted one of the big problems the Legislature faces this year. We’re mandating all-day kindergarten and reducing class sizes in grades K-3. And if we do that, we’re going to need to build more classrooms. The... Read More