Honeyford, Warnick gain Senate support for drought relief funding Today, on the final day of the Legislature’s special session, the Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account, allowing the state Department of Ecology to begin emergency drought response as soon as the bill is approved by the House of Representatives and signed into... Read More...
Collective bargaining shouldn’t be a secret This post originally appeared in the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. What would you say if you were presented with an agreement over which you had no say, was negotiated in secret and cost you millions — and the only thing you could do was turn thumbs-up or... Read More...
Sen. Warnick’s E-newsletter – May 19, 2015 Update from Olympia – May 19, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The special session is scheduled to conclude on May 28. Budget negotiators have been working to bridge gaps in the respective proposals for the state’s two-year operating budget. The governor released his budget in December which called for increased... Read More...
Growing industry gets boost from Warnick legislation Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5603 during a formal ceremony Thursday. The new law, sponsored by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, was introduced to meet the increasing popularity and demand for cottage foods such as baked goods, jams and fruit preserves. It increases the maximum amount of annual gross... Read More...
Sen. Judy Warnick’s E-newsletter – May 6, 2015 Update from Olympia – May 6, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature adjourned the 2015 regular session on Friday, April 24, two days before completing the 105 days for which it was scheduled. Because House Democrats continue to delay negotiation on a complete budget, we have now entered a... Read More...
Senate capital budget good for schools, jobs and community says Warnick The state Senate released a bipartisan capital-budget proposal today for 2015-17 which builds over 2,100 classrooms, devotes $60 million to local-government infrastructure projects statewide and maintains and preserves parks and trails. The $3.9 billion plan would fund the construction and maintenance of capital assets across Washington – such as schools... Read More...
Sen. Warnick’s E-newsletter – April 7, 2015 April 7, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, On Friday the House of Representatives released their budget proposal. Unsurprisingly it increases state spending beyond our current resources and increases taxes by over $1 billion in this budget cycle alone and almost $2.5 billion in the next budget cycle. The Senate is... Read More...
Warnick supports Senate’s no new tax budget, looks for improvements The Senate Majority Coalition’s budget proposal was approved Monday afternoon after vigorous debate before the weekend where lawmakers worked around the clock. The budget makes education the top priority and delivers tax relief and college affordability to families across Washington without raising taxes. “This budget proposal prioritizes education spending after... Read More...