Death and taxes at the Capitol The following post was originally an e-newsletter sent to subscribers on January 24th. If you’d like to receive my e-newsletters directly, please subscribe here.  While the legislative session is ongoing, e-newsletters are sent about every other week.   Dear friends and neighbors, The 2017 legislative session is underway in Olympia. This... Read More...
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...
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