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There will be many difficult budget decisions to make in upcoming sessions. At the same time, the budget situation should not overshadow our state’s single largest need: jobs. I’ve said it before, and it is well worth repeating: There is much the Legislature can and should do to encourage job growth, because jobs are not only good for families, they’re the best remedy for our state’s budget trouble.

I always enjoy communicating with my constituents about the issues that are important to you, so please don’t hesitate to call, write or e-mail me using the contact information below. It continues to be an honor to serve you in the Washington State Senate.


Jim Honeyford
15th District State Senator

08 April 2014

Post session Olympia Report

Olympia Report

In my latest Olympia Report I discuss the Legislature finishing on time–without raising taxes, bills I had signed by the governor and the Capital Budget outlook.

Click HERE to read more.

03 April 2014

Honeyford bill to protect state waters signed by governor

Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to keep state waterways from being infested by non-native mussels and other invasive species was validated when Senate Bill 6040 was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee during a ceremony Wednesday.

By using an integrated-management approach supported by Honeyford’s legislation, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will be able to effectively address the marauding mussels and other invasive species should they reach Washington waters.

“These mussels reproduce quickly and begin to cover water pumping stations, generator turbines, shoes, boat hulls and motors, anything in their path,” said Honeyford, the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee, referring to the zebra and quagga mussels that can infest a body of water in just a few short weeks. “It’s critical to stop them now, before they damage our waterways, and it will cost taxpayers even more to control them.”


17 March 2014

Honeyford says supplemental state budget supports the right priorities

In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session, members of the state Senate – along with the House of Representatives – adopted a supplemental operating budget that will continue to fund state activities. Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, says he voted in favor of the proposal because it put the right priorities first.

“Supplemental budget years aren’t supposed to be another chance for the Legislature to spend more money; they’re meant to deal with emergency situations and make minor corrections to the course set by the biennial budget the previous year,” said Honeyford, who represents the 15th Legislative District. “I’m happy to report that the MCC budget we passed stuck to the basics and provided additional funding only to key areas in need.”

The Legislature is required to adopt a biennial operating budget in odd-numbered years; it may pass a supplemental budget in even-numbered years to make minor corrections to the two-year budget. This was the first time since 2009 the Legislature has started its annual session without facing a budget deficit and the 2014 budget proposal kept the state on that track. [...]

27 February 2014

Honeyford calls supplemental operating budget ‘good for Washington’

Senator Jim HoneyfordMembers of the state Senate today passed the 2014 supplemental operating budget proposal, which was supported by Sen. Jim Honeyford. The Sunnyside Republican noted that last year’s balanced, bipartisan budget was the primary reason for broad agreement on the supplemental budget more than two weeks before the end of the 60-day legislative session.

“The Majority Coalition Caucus produced a budget in 2013 that put more than a billion dollars into education, froze tuition for Washington college students and was projected to balance for four years,” said Honeyford, who represents the 15th Legislative District. “Because of that success there was no need to find places to cut this year. We didn’t have to look for ‘low-hanging fruit’ or waste valuable time trying to prioritize equally important provisions. When budgets are written right the first time, it makes the process that much easier to fine tune in supplemental years.” [...]