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Wagoner appointed Senate Republican leader on Behavioral Health Subcommittee

Published on December 18, 2018
Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, has been appointed as the Republican lead on the Behavioral Health Subcommittee for the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. The newly formed Behavioral Health Subcommittee will take a closer look at mental health issues and substance use disorders affecting individuals throughout Washington state. “I look forward to serving on this subcommittee... Read More

In the News: Making Washington More Appealing For Manufacturing

Published on April 11, 2017
By Mike Richards -The Lens April 6, 2017 A Senate bill making its way through the Washington State Legislature aims to attract more manufacturing companies to move to the state and incentivize those and any existing businesses to remain and build their projects within Washington. SB 5642, which would offer tax deferrals for eligible manufacturing projects to be reinvested into job training... Read More

State Hispanic Commission recognizes our efforts to improve minority-owned business opportunities

Published on March 01, 2017
Senate passes the Small Business Bonding Relief bill Read More

State Hispanic Commission recognizes our efforts to improve minority-owned business opportunities

Published on March 01, 2017
Senate passes the Small Business Bonding Relief bill   Read More

Building Insight Magazine: Streamlining Government

Published on June 07, 2016
By State Senator Sharon Brown …As chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, I’m fighting to shrink government while streamlining the way it interacts with businesses. A business that has fewer regulations to deal with has more time and resources to expend elsewhere. That translates into a reinvestment in the business (i.e. creating... Read More

Public weighs in on Brown’s bills to support jobs in clean energy

Published on January 27, 2016
Washington already has a one-stop process for locating major energy facilities; Sen. Sharon Brown has come up with a way to speed the process along and get to the job-creation part sooner. Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on a measure that would streamline the Energy Facility Site Evaluation... Read More

Senate panel considers trio of Brown bills focused on regulatory reform

Published on January 20, 2016
Senator continues multi-year effort to reduce red tape and help create jobs Today the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee considered three bills aimed at making it easier for Washington businesses to operate, grow and create jobs. Sen. Sharon Brown, who chairs the committee and is the lead sponsor of all three measures, said the... Read More

Sen. O’Ban’s message at Boots2Work

Published on July 02, 2015

O’Ban responsible for first-of-its-kind bill in Washington to give a tax cut to employers who hire veterans

Published on June 29, 2015
Sen. Steve O’Ban has authored a new law that would both cut taxes for businesses and create employment opportunities for veterans in the state’s two-year operating budget. Sen. O’Ban conceived of the idea and sponsored Senate Bill 5042 that provides a business and occupation tax credit for businesses that hire veterans. Sen. O’Ban’s bill will... Read More

Senate passes Brown’s Invest in Washington Jobs Act

Published on April 10, 2015
Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting employers to Washington and helping them create jobs her top priorities since coming to the Senate. On Thursday, the Senate passed her “Invest in Washington” jobs bill, aimed at encouraging economic growth and new manufacturing and construction jobs. “This bill... Read More

House panel approves trio of Brown bills tied to energy and jobs

Published on April 01, 2015
Economic-development committee endorses nuclear-education program, training for clean-energy jobs Today the House Technology and Economic Development Committee voted to advance three measures sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Brown, including her signature pro-jobs bill – the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act. “I have focused this session on looking for bipartisan solutions that support the needs... Read More

House technology committee schedules hearings for Brown nuclear power-related bills

Published on March 20, 2015
On Thursday the House Technology and Economic Development committee announced that on March 25, it will hear public testimony on four energy bills sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Brown, including three measures dealing with nuclear-energy education and economic development. “We worked extremely hard in the Senate to produce bipartisan bills and included several amendments by... Read More

Senate passes Brown’s bills to encourage job growth

Published on March 03, 2015
Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act will help resuscitate local economies, says Brown Today the Senate voted 30-19 to pass the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act, aimed at helping local communities create jobs by speeding up the permitting process for large-scale projects of statewide significance. Earlier today the Senate also approved a bill to... Read More

Data Centers – Supporting Rural Economic Development

Published on February 18, 2015
Please watch this video that talks about my work on tax-incentives for data centers in our district and impacts on our community. Read More

Padden bill to help new small businesses clears Senate panel

Published on February 12, 2015
On Wednesday, a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden that would provide tax relief for Washington’s new small businesses was approved by the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee. “We know that the first three years are the most critical to a small business being able to survive,” said Padden, R-Spokane Valley. “Reforming the business-and-occupation... Read More

Ericksen releases Senate plan to promote new energy and reduce carbon emissions

Published on February 04, 2015
OLYMPIA… State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, outlined a comprehensive energy plan Feb. 4 that will be advanced through policy committees in the Washington Senate this year – a bold vision of new-energy promotion and innovation unleashed, aimed at creating and retaining jobs in Washington state while reducing carbon emissions. And one key point: No taxation... Read More

Brown measures to expand use of nuclear power clear Senate energy committee

Published on February 03, 2015
Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee approved a package of bills aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of nuclear power as part of the state’s carbon-reduction strategies. Sen. Sharon Brown, a member of the committee and the Legislature’s leading advocate for nuclear power, introduced the four measures, which are now one step... Read More

Panel hears support for trio of Brown bills to encourage job growth

Published on January 21, 2015
Measures would expedite permitting and help create new manufacturing and construction jobs  Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting and retaining employers in Washington and helping them create new jobs her top priority since coming to the Senate. Today, three of her bills aimed at encouraging economic... Read More

Senate work session examines economic impact of slowdown at ports

Published on January 14, 2015
A joint work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development and Commerce and Labor committees took a detailed look at the reduction of trade volume at 28 West Coast ports that is crippling Washington’s agricultural community and other trade-dependent businesses. “Washington ports have been losing market share, and it is critical... Read More

IN THE NEWS: Public needs voice in carbon debate

Published on August 04, 2014
Local View: Public needs voice in carbon debate By Sen. Ann Rivers  |  Published: August 3, 2014, 6:00 AM There’s enough chatter at the Capitol about a pair of climate-change policies — familiar but complex proposals known as “cap-and-trade” and “low-carbon fuel standards” — that it’s time to ask: What do these confusing and complicated... Read More

Honeyford’s perfect record of support for small business continues

Published on May 15, 2014
Sen. Jim Honeyford has again earned the Guardian of Small Business Award by maintaining a perfect voting record during the 2013-14 biennium on issues that count for small businesses. He was one of 15 senators to receive a 100-percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business. “Communities across the 15th Legislative District depend on... Read More

Rivers named Guardian of Small Business

Published on May 13, 2014
Sen. Ann Rivers is one of 15 senators to receive the Guardian of Small Business Award for a perfect, 100-percent pro-small-business voting record for the 2013-14 biennium – a record she has maintained since joining the Legislature in 2011. “I’m honored to receive this award on behalf of the 1.1 million people who work for... Read More

Industrial hemp crops grown in Washington?

Published on February 07, 2014
There was in interesting hearing last week in the Senate ag committee dealing with industrial hemp and the possibility of making it a new crop in Washington. While it’s currently outlawed due to its close relation to marijuana, now that the people have legalized recreational marijuana the conversation about making hemp a profitable agricultural product... Read More

Sunnyside Senator to push for expanding tax breaks for businesses statewide

Published on November 09, 2013
After approving two tax-preference bills designed to bolster the state’s aerospace industry, longtime state Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Yakima, said he’s looking forward to continuing the trend of growing the state’s business community by offering tax incentives. “The governor called us into a special session in order to pass two bills to keep Boeing in Washington,... Read More

Honeyford bills will create jobs for teens, reduce clerical burdens

Published on May 07, 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills Tuesday that will benefit businesses in Washington and hopefully put more people to work. Senate Bills 5056 and 5770, both sponsored by 15th District Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside, make it easier for businesses to hire minors and reduce the clerical burdens of small conservation districts. “Employers shared with... Read More

Honeyford to host educational opportunity on unmanned aircraft

Published on March 25, 2013
In an effort to bring attention to the positive, life-saving uses of unmanned aircraft in Washington, Sen. Jim Honeyford will sponsor an informational briefing Wednesday in the A/B/C conference room of the John A. Cherberg Building on the Capitol campus. The briefing will begin every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.... Read More

Unemployment rates rise in Washington

Published on September 20, 2012
The state Employment Services Department just released Washington’s monthly employment report and it showed that the state lost 1,100 jobs in August and the state unemployment rate increased from 8.5% to 8.6%. The national rate is 8.1%. As a reminder, the state’s employment peak was back in Feb. 2008 (2.976 million jobs). In August 2012,... Read More