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Senate approves Warnick rural economic development bill in special session A critical piece of legislation for Washington State’s economic health has been resurrected during the 2015 second special session. For two years Sen. Judy Warnick has been working to boost rural economic development. Wednesday the Senate approved Senate Bill 5442 which makes needed changes to the Community and Economic Revitalization... Read More...
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...
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...
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 says Senate budget proposal is best path forward for state Sen. Judy Warnick said the Senate Majority Coalition’s budget proposal is the best path forward for Washington State. The budget makes education the top priority and delivers tax relief and college affordability to families across Washington without raising taxes. Senate budget leaders released their 2015-17 state operating budget proposal today... Read More...
Sen. Warnick’s E-newsletter – March 23, 2015 March 23, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, We are expecting a budget proposal from the House of Representatives today. In the Senate we are focused on building a sustainable and balanced budget.We have $3 billion more revenue coming to the state and should prioritize our state’s spending. We need to... Read More...