TVW The Impact: ‘Is increasing state employee salaries the right priority?’

By John Braun | Published: February 26, 2015

The SMART Act: Measuring outputs, not just inputs

By Majority Coalition Caucus | Published: February 24, 2015
Much of the public discussion and advocacy surrounding the budget writing process often tends to focus on inputs, or the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on a particular program. The Legislature has an equally important duty to study the outputs, or the actual results of the way they spend taxpayer dollars. Accountability and transparency are...
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Senate continues to offer better solutions and ideas to move Washington forward

By Majority Coalition Caucus | Published: February 24, 2015
Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, on the cutoff for Senate committees to vote out policy bills: “We continue to offer better solutions and ideas to move Washington forward. The cutoff for policy bills shows that we’re serious about job growth, funding education as a first priority, and making sure the state lives within its...
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Early revenue forecast opens budget process

By Andy Hill | Published: February 20, 2015
The state’s chief economist released first quarter tax revenue projections today one month earlier than normal after Sen. Andy Hill successfully moved it forward to give budget writers additional time to complete a new state budget. The forecast, adopted by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council which is chaired by Hill, projects $37.1 billion during...
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Time to act on oil-train safety legislation, Ericksen says

By Doug Ericksen | Published: February 19, 2015
OLYMPIA… The case for oil-train safety legislation has been made all the stronger by derailments this week in Ontario and West Virginia, says state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, sponsor of a comprehensive oil-train bill in the Washington State Senate. “The derailments in Ontario and West Virginia ought to make it clear to everyone that the...
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Committee to put reform bills first when transportation-package discussion begins today

By Curtis King | Published: February 17, 2015
Today’s Senate Transportation Committee meeting will feature the start of public hearings on the proposed bipartisan transportation package announced this past week.   The eight bills slated for hearings today constitute the reform leg of the 11-bill package. “The residents of this state have spoken loud and clear that they want to see changes in the...
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