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Over the past six years, we’ve had some hard-fought wins and some tough losses, but with every vote, I’ve worked to uphold those promises and remember the great people of the 18th...

March 26, 2018

Only one week remains in this regular 60-day session, scheduled to end March 8. We’ve been working long hours and late nights — even until 1 a.m. Wednesday morning — trying to...

March 1, 2018

The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would require Transportation Benefit Districts (TBDs) to hold a public hearing before voting to impose a charge or fee. The vote...

Jan. 31, 2018

First, the really good news: We have a Hirst fix AND a capital budget! Negotiations on a solution to the Hirst water decision came together with an agreement late last Wednesday...

Jan. 23, 2018

In the late afternoon and early evening of June 30, hours before the end of the state’s fiscal cycle, the Legislature passed a new 2017-19 operating budget. Minutes before midnight, Gov. Jay...

Aug. 25, 2017

I share the frustrations of many that the Legislature adjourned July 20 after a record 193 days in session without passing a capital construction budget. This $4 billion budget funds statewide infrastructure...

Aug. 7, 2017

We entered the 2017 legislative session on Jan. 9 with high hopes to make great accomplishments for the people of the state of Washington. I outlined my priorities in an email update...

Aug. 1, 2017

After 105 days in a regular session that began in January and three 30-day special sessions, the last one concluding this Thursday, July 20, is the finish line in view for the...

July 18, 2017

The Washington House of Representatives took action Friday to pass a new state operating budget, an education funding bill and a measure that would increase several taxes. Senate Bill 5883 enacts a...

June 30, 2017

One week remains before the end of the current fiscal cycle on June 30. I share your frustration that an agreement has yet to be reached on a new 2017-19 state...

June 23, 2017