Close to the end of session: Where do we stand? Download the 2017 Government Guide Will we end the 2017 session on time? We are almost to the end of the 2017 regular legislative session but some significant issues remain to be resolved before we go home. April 23 is the last day of the regular session, but there is... Read More...
Meeting South Korean Consul General Moon and Consul Park From left to right: Sen. Dino Rossi, Sen. Barbara Bailey, me, Sen. Mark Schoesler, Consul General Moon and Consul Park.   South Korean Consul General Moon and Consul Park visited with our caucus leadership this week, sharing how the economies of South Korea and Washington state are tied through economic... Read More...
Flawed water-rights ruling must be reversed BY SEN. RANDI BECKER Rarely does the Legislature see an issue that causes as much alarm as the state Supreme Court’s ruling last year in a water-rights case. The decision in Hirst vs. Whatcom County has become one of those issues that wells up from the ground and forces the... Read More...
Meeting Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura It was an honor to meet the Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura during his visit with our caucus leadership today. I had the chance to discuss the differences between concerns of the 2nd Legislative District and those of Japan. I find it fascinating to learn more about how other countries... Read More...
Budget Season: See how we propose funding Washington’s programs     Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announces and passes its 2017-19 budget proposal We released our 2017-19 budget to the public Tuesday and passed it in the Senate yesterday. You can read all the budget details by visiting our website. Some of the benefits of our budget include: Fully funds... Read More...
Honored to meet spinal research advocate Ricardo Lockette   Former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette stopped by the Legislature this week to share information about the research Seattle scientists are conducting to create a 3-D map of the spine. After his own spinal injury ended his football career, Ricardo dedicated himself to exceeding doctors’ expectations and to helping promote research... Read More...
Senate releases budget: More than 50% of budget spent on education Senate budget puts priority on education – protects vulnerable, taxpayers OLYMPIA – The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released a two-year operating budget proposal Tuesday that puts its emphasis on education and services for the state’s most vulnerable, while avoiding general tax increases. The Senate proposal boosts K-12 education funding by... Read More...
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