Mental Health improvements included in final budget In keeping with our commitment to protect the most vulnerable, this budget will improve the care for those with serious mental illness.  While a number of negotiated reforms were unfortunately killed at the last minute in the House, some key aspects of my legislation to reform our mental health system... Read More...
Reforms for foster care and adoption included in budget deal I worked to ensure that our budget includes help for kids in state care and the foster parents who provide them the stable and loving environment they need.  The budget provides expanded respite care for foster parents so that they can take a break from their 24/7 responsibilities and attend... Read More...
Solution for education funding includes property tax cuts for Pierce County Solution found for education funding The big challenge this year was solving the generational problem of inequity within our statewide school funding system and an overreliance on local funds for basic education.  For decades, past legislatures have reduced the percentage of state investment going to K-12 education.  Since the Republican-led... Read More...
Budget deal signals defeat for “Big Four” taxes The budget deal took as long as it did because the Senate refused to accept a new income tax on capital gains, a tax on energy, a business tax hike, or a new real estate excise tax.  In the end, the other party controlling the House abandoned their quest for each of... Read More...
O’Ban’s foster-care and adoption reforms win support of the Legislature OLYMPIA— Sen. Steve O’Ban’s efforts to support Washington’s vulnerable children by encouraging fostering and adoption received a major boost today when the state Senate linked his proposed reforms to the new state operating budget. The improvements were in a bipartisan bill from O’Ban, R-University Place, that won overwhelming Senate support... Read More...
Newsletter: LAST CHANCE to lower car tabs   See why my bill is the only plan that actually cuts car-tab tax rates and offers real relief. Click the link to read my latest newsletter on Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes:   2017 OBAN June Newsletter on Sound Transit car tab taxes Then take my survey on Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes... Read More...
Only 37 percent would still vote to approve Sound Transit 3 State senators who serve areas within the Sound Transit taxing district say it’s no surprise that new poll results show support for Sound Transit 3 has plummeted 17 points since the November election, when it passed 54 percent to 46 percent. If given a chance to vote again, 51 percent of... Read More...
Sound Transit can afford cuts to car-tab taxes   My bill, Senate Bill 5893, is the ONLY bill that would cut car-tab tax rates. Giving families, seniors, new parents, and other taxpayers real relief from punishing car-tab taxes WILL NOT “derail” transit.  Sound Transit would still have all the money it needs.  I explain why in my latest... Read More...
O’Ban, Rossi call for investigatory hearings on Sound Transit Sens. Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi are calling for an investigation into whether Sound Transit engaged in a “systematic effort to confuse and misrepresent the impact and cost of the ST3 authorization to legislators and the public.”  In a letter sent today to the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee... Read More...
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