Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes Today the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes.   “If Sound Transit wants to tax people on a false vehicle value, we won’t be collecting... Read More...
Becker: Seattle sewage leak — where’s the outrage? The catastrophic failure at the waste water treatment plant at Discover Park in Seattle, which continues to dump raw sewage into Puget Sound, is not only an environmental disaster, it is also an example of a double-standard. The Hirst decision is one example where there have been attacks on the... Read More...
We’re at the halfway point in the 2017 Legislative Session! At the halfway point of the legislative session We are now about halfway through the 2017 Legislative Session. We are approaching the March 8 cut-off to vote on bills that originated in the Senate. During the next phase of this session, we will resume committee meetings so we can hear... Read More...
How the Education Equality Act affects the 2nd Legislative District Under the Education Equality Act, which is our solution to the challenge of fully funding basic education in Washington, has a positive impact across all school districts in the 2nd Legislative District. Every district sees an increase in state spending per pupil and every district sees a reduction in their... Read More...
Becker bill to improve contracting diversity at UW passes Senate The Senate today passed legislation aimed at improving the University of Washington’s diversity in awarding its contracts for capital projects.   Senate Bill 5631, sponsored by Sen. Randi Becker, would make the contracting process more inclusive of women-owned and minority-owned businesses in projects where critical patient care or highly specialized... Read More...
Video Series: Legislative Update Every other week I publish a video update of how we are doing this 2017 Legislative Session. To watch the video, click here. You can find more of my video series on YouTube.   Read More...
What’s Up With Our Busy 2017 Legislative Session?     Celebrating the Families Behind the Senate We are wrapping up the 7th week of the legislative session and the hearing process for Senate bills comes to a close. Next week we will be spending long hours on the floor of the Senate Chamber voting on proposed legislation covering... Read More...
Education: Our Top Priority     More about the Education Equality Act The Education Equality Act, Senate Bill 5607, which is our solution to fully fund education, recently passed the Senate with a vote of 25 – 24. The plan has been debated in the press and Thursday, the director of the governor’s budget office confirmed... Read More...
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