Author Archives: tracyellis

SRC On Air: Sen. Brad Hawkins on The KOHO Morning Show

By tracyellis | Published on November 24, 2020

Sen. Brad Hawkins talks with KOHO Morning Show host Chris Hansen about issues related to the upcoming session, including COVID challenges and the budget. They also discuss the Senator’s Listening Tour.

Relief package is a start, but no substitute for full Legislative response

By tracyellis | Published on November 20, 2020

Governor Inslee’s 135-million-dollar COVID relief package is a start, but not nearly enough according to the state Senate Republican Leader.

Tracy Ellis explains.

Positive revenue forecast doesn’t reduce need for special legislative session, says Braun

By tracyellis | Published on November 18, 2020

Our state is now collecting enough revenue to avoid major cuts and tax hikes.

Does that mean it’s time for government to use money that’s already in hand to help businesses devastated by Governor Inslee’s COVID restrictions?

Tracy Ellis tells us that at least one lawmaker says – YES, YES IT DOES.

VIDEO: Strong comments from Sen. John Braun during economic forecast

By tracyellis | Published on 

Following the Nov. 18 release of Washington’s final state-government revenue forecast for 2020, Sen. John Braun, who is Senate Republican budget leader and a member of the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, responded to a reporter’s question and comments from other council members with detailed remarks about the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including Republican proposals that have been ignored.

Hawkins encouraged by improved state revenue forecast

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State Senator Brad Hawkins says he’s very encouraged by the improved state revenue forecast that was unveiled today (Wed).

The East Wenatchee Republican says the latest projections show increases of 634-million-dollars for the current budget and 328 million for the two years after that.

Hawkins says tax hikes are the last thing lawmakers should be considering.

The next state revenue forecast will be issued in March.