Benton: House failure to budget responsibly led to special session

Published on April 24, 2015
On the final day of the regular 2015 legislative session, 17th District Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, made this statement regarding the need for a special session, which will begin Wednesday: “I believe it is reprehensible that the Legislature couldn’t get a budget out after nearly four months, due the orchestrated obstructionism of liberal Seattle Democrats... Read More

No pay for striking teachers, Sheldon declares

Published on April 24, 2015
OLYMPIA… When teachers go on strike, Washington taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay them for it, says state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch – and he is introducing a bill requiring school districts to dock their paychecks. “I don’t think people realize teachers get paid when they go on strike,” Sheldon said. “It’s not supposed to be... Read More

Follow the breadcrumbs to a government shutdown

Published on April 24, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Last week, when there was still a chance for us to finish our business in Olympia on time and adjourn this weekend, we were flabbergasted by an argument we heard from our Democratic colleagues in the House. As budget... Read More

A red pencil for the state teachers’ union

Published on April 24, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. The Washington Education Association, the union that represents most schoolteachers in this state, is teaching Washington a most valuable lesson this week. You can’t believe everything you hear. For the last few days a radio ad has been making... Read More

Benton pro-environment bill passes Legislature

Published on April 22, 2015
Vancouver lawmaker leads on helping local governments manage stormwater and better protect the environment OLYMPIA… Sen. Don Benton, one of the Legislature’s leading advocates for smarter environmental policies, has championed legislation giving local governments more flexibility in how they use stormwater control funds to do facility treatment and improve the environment. The measure is also... Read More

School Superintendents speak out on the importance of finishing state budget on time

Published on April 21, 2015
“School districts depend so much on the Legislature to complete their work on time so that we can complete our work.  Whether it’s hiring teachers to reduce class size, adding more sections of full-day kindergarten, or purchasing busses, until the Legislature approves a budget, we are unable to move forward with our planning and decision-making. ... Read More