Sen. Warnick’s E-newsletter – March 9, 2015


March 9, 2015

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

Things are moving quickly here in Olympia. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the legislative session. We have been working late into the evening voting bills off of the Senate floor. This year the House of Representatives goes first in preparing a budget proposal. We are waiting to see what they propose. In the meantime, we have cause to celebrate as a recent revenue forecast shows an increase of over $200 million. As I have been saying, we already have $3 billion more in revenue coming to the state and the latest revenue projection is another example of why we don’t need to raise taxes.

We are also approaching our next deadline on March 11th at 5 p.m. Please keep this in mind if there are bills that you are supporting. All bills that have not been voted on in their house of origin will be dead for the session, barring rarely used parliamentary procedures.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your state Senator.



Judy Warnick

13th District State Senator

Warnick Floor

Transportation Reform

Last week the Senate began voting on key transportation reforms as part of a transportation package. I have been insistent that I cannot support a transportation package without meaningful changes in how our state operates and invests in transportation. A critical reform that we passed concerns sales tax. Currently, the state charges itself sales tax on transportation projects and puts that money into the general fund. We have reversed that practice to ensure that money spent on transportation actually goes to fund roads and bridges. Another key reform is preventing the governors radical climate agenda. He has been very vocal about achieving carbon reduction through a tax called a low-carbon fuel standard. This could raise the price of a gallon of gas between 40 cents and $1, without investing in our transportation needs. The Senate passed a bill that would move money out of things like transit back to roads if he were to go ahead with that plan.

Please click here to see a summary of all the transportation reforms.


Railroad returns to Port of Royal Slope ownership

Senate Bill 5529, which returns ownership of the 26 mile state-owned railroad tracks to Port of Royal Slope cleared the Senate. The legislation gives the port authority five years to contract an operator for the rail line and gives supplies from the recent rehabilitation projects paid for by the state Department of Transportation to the port.

The community has been working to find a sustainable plan to operate the railroad and I’m glad that we can give ownership back. This will be an opportunity to boost economic development and preserve businesses in the area.

The port, overseen by three elected commissioners, passed a resolution in 2013 asking the Legislature to transfer ownership of the rail lines. The line is owned by the state Department of Transportation after being purchased in 1993. Upgrades to the rail lines permit the transport of goods.


Improving our Economy

I am focused on improving our state’s economy. Places like Seattle have weathered the recession better than most, but our job is not done until we see improvements in every corner of our state. I am working hard to make sure that rural communities have the resources and flexibility to create jobs and improve their local economies. An issue that I have been focused on is the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB). Last year I had a bill that would have made needed changes to spur job growth and economic development but due to the governors veto, it did not become law. I have been working this year with numerous stakeholders to improve the legislation and get it signed into law this year. Senate Bill 5442 passed the Senate and will bring needed jobs and investment into rural areas if it passes the House.


Contact Me


Olympia Office:

103 Irv Newhouse Bldg.

P.O. Box 40410

Olympia, WA 98504

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Video Update

This session I am working on different ways to connect with people in my district. Every other week I sit down and discuss issues in the Legislature. Please click here to see my latest video update from Olympia.


Sponsored Legislation

I have many pieces of legislation that are still making their way through the legislative process.

Main Street Tax Credit – Senate Bill 5313 would expand this popular program that encourages business and government to collaborate to invest in the community. This is a creative approach to rural economic development and meets a need to increase support for small towns throughout the district and state.


Washington state families’ outdoor heritage

I sponsored a resolution that honored our state’s great outdoors and the role that plays in the lives of healthy families and kids. The Children’s Nature Network picked up this resolution and the story covered by the Daily Record. Please click here to read more.


Representing our District

Recently, the Senate Majority has requested my appointment to two important committees for our district. If approved I will serve on the Community Economic Revitalization Board and the Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply During Drought, a committee that I served on while in the House of Representatives.


Gubernatorial Appointments

This week, the Senate is likely to take up the appointments of two of our community members to positions as trustees of local colleges and universities. I will be honored to speak to the qualifications of Robert Moser as a member of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees. I will also support the appointment of Juanita Richards as a member of the Board of Trustees for Big Bend Community College.


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