O’Ban plan would make Sound Transit accountable to voters Legislation would require district elections, end political appointments OLYMPIA—Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, said Wednesday he plans to pre-file a measure for next year’s legislative session ending political appointments to the Sound Transit governing board and allowing voters to elect directors by district. O’Ban’s Pierce County district voted decisively against... Read More...
Boosting Employment for Veterans: Spread the word! Starting October 1st, it’ll be easier than ever to hire a veteran! Washington is home to 340,000 working-age veterans. Unfortunately, we have a higher veteran unemployment rate than the rest of the nation.  That’s why I prime sponsored legislation that created the first-ever, statewide tax credit for employers that hire... Read More...
Exciting progress on basic education funding Big changes in basic education funding We’ve reversed the long-term trend that was reducing the priority of education funding. In the past, most revenue increases went toward general government expenses, now two-thirds of new revenue growth has been allocated to education.  By doing so we have boosted K-12 spending to... Read More...
Funding our mental health system We’ve increased funding for the state mental health system by 23 percent since the 2013-15 biennium. This includes more than $57 million to help reduce single bed certifications, $49.6 million for increased community evaluation and treatment beds and $7.6 million for a 30 bed civil commitment ward at Western State... Read More...
Tuition cuts for moms, dads, & their grads Tuition cuts in Washington buck a national trend We proved that more taxes were not required to reduce college tuition or improve education funding. Our budget funded a second round of tuition cuts for Washington state colleges and universities. No other state in the nation has seen tuition costs go down,... Read More...
Why did the state release prisoners early and how was it allowed to continue? Washingtonians weren’t given the whole picture as to why the Department of Corrections would knowingly allow prisoners to be released early.  But that picture has become much more complete thanks to the Senate Law and Justice Committee investigation.  You can read about what happened and why and what was wrong with the governor’s... Read More...
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