Early learning investments will be in good hands with Hunter

By Andy Hill | Published: August 31, 2015
Following the announcement that Rep. Ross Hunter, the House of Representatives chief budget writer, would be stepping down to become the new director of the state’s Department of Early Learning, Sen. Andy Hill wished his budget-writing counterpart well. “Having spent countless hours working with Representative Hunter I’m pleased he’ll be leading Washington’s early learning efforts...
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Padden reminds abortion clinics about need to comply with state law

By Mike Padden | Published: August 27, 2015
As the scandal involving sales of fetal body parts continues to make headlines across the nation, Sen. Mike Padden is reminding Washington’s abortion providers that state law protects fetuses that have a heartbeat, are moving, or otherwise are showing signs of life outside the womb. Since 1981 the section of Washington law which governs the...
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Senate majority makes college more affordable with historic tuition cuts

By Majority Coalition Caucus | Published: July 27, 2015
Senate Majority leader Mark Schoesler recaps the news coverage of an historic session: ‘Historic’ tuition cut sets state apart from rest of U.S. Seattle Times, June 13, 2015 Washington’s move isn’t well-known elsewhere in the country, but some say it could spur other states to think about cuts. “I don’t know how widely known this proposal...
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A messy session with a splendid finish

By Mark Schoesler | Published: July 22, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. If ever there was a legislative session that proved Otto von Bismarck right, it is the one we just finished. Von Bismarck is the former German chancellor we always quote about legislating and sausage-making: “Laws are like sausages – it...
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A session that rewrote history, not always accurately

By Jan Angel | Published: July 22, 2015
This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. I was reading the other day that this year’s Legislature raised taxes by $480 million. This was news to me and I think to just about everyone on my side of the aisle, mainly because it isn’t true. That...
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Benton measure to provide tax relief to low-income seniors, veterans now law

By Don Benton | Published: July 17, 2015
OLYMPIA… Governor Jay Inslee signed into law this week a measure sponsored by Sen. Don Benton that assists seniors, veterans and disabled individuals by increasing the income limit for calculating property-tax exemption qualification. “This is valuable tax relief for our seniors, veterans and disabled individuals who have difficulty paying their property taxes,” said Benton, R-Vancouver....
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