We said we would deliver and we did

By Majority Coalition Caucus | Published: March 02, 2015
Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, on passage of the Senate transportation package. “We said we would deliver and we did. Today’s bipartisan vote on a statewide transportation package creates 200,000 jobs, gets our economy moving, fixes our crumbling highways and provides more accountability in the way we manage our transportation dollars. That’s a...
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Productive session so far for Energy, Environment and Telecommunications, says Chairman Ericksen

By Doug Ericksen | Published: February 27, 2015
OLYMPIA… As the state Legislature passes its first important deadlines, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, rates this as a productive session for his Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. “We’ve done plenty to protect our state’s low-cost energy, promote manufacturing and preserve jobs,” said Ericksen, chairman of the Senate energy panel. “Among other things, we have offered...
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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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