Parlette says taxpayers, students win with new state budget

Published on June 29, 2015
OLYMPIA… The new state operating budget approved today by the Legislature is good for Washington taxpayers and especially good for Washington students of all ages, said Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee. The $38 billion, two-year plan received a solidly bipartisan 38-10 vote from the Senate, then was approved by the House of Representatives. This budget... Read More

Benton applauds bipartisan budget which fully funds education, reduces tuition without new taxes

Published on June 29, 2015
Budget includes Benton property-tax relief measure for seniors and disabled vets  Sen. Don Benton said the final bipartisan budget set to be approved today is well worth the wait. “As we have said all along, state government can invest in education and protect the vulnerable without new taxes,” said Benton, R-Vancouver. “This budget fully funds... Read More

Update on transportation investment package

Published on June 28, 2015
As state lawmakers continue working to find agreement on major new transportation investments Sen. Curtis King, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Sen. Joe Fain, vice chair of the transportation budget, released this statement: “We appreciate the difficult decision the governor has made and applaud him for not allowing a single issue to stand... Read More

Senate passes Padden measures aimed at addressing recent Supreme Court decisions

Published on June 25, 2015
Bills would help permit pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring and give deceased victims of violent crimes a voice in sentencing hearings On Wednesday the Senate passed two measures sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, aimed at improving public safety and increasing justice for crime victims. Both bills were introduced to address recent Washington State Supreme Court... Read More

Time at long last for House to pass drunk-driving bill

Published on June 24, 2015
This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Before we wrap up our business for the year and start thinking about the long drive home, a drunk-driving bill awaits our action in the Legislature. Something we need to do before we get behind the wheel. A series of terrible accidents in the... Read More

Benton measure to provide tax relief to seniors, disabled veterans goes to House

Published on June 24, 2015
The Senate today unanimously passed a measure sponsored by Sen. Don Benton that would assist seniors, veterans and disabled individuals by increasing the income limit for calculating property-tax exemption qualification. It’s the second such vote in 2015. “We have a number of seniors and disabled individuals who have difficulty paying their property taxes,” said Benton,... Read More