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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.

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Jim Honeyford
15th District State Senator

15 May 2014

Honeyford is first to receive new CWU alumni award

In a ceremony May 1, Sen. Jim Honeyford received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year award for Social Sciences from Central Washington University.

The award recognizes Honeyford’s ongoing passion and interest in CWU as well as his work as chair of the Senate capital budget to fund Science Phase II, a major construction project for the university.

“Senator Honeyford has a firsthand knowledge about the unique approach to science education that makes Central a leader in undergraduate ‘STEM’ education,” said Kirk Johnson, dean of the College of the Sciences. [...]

15 May 2014

Honeyford’s perfect record of support for small business continues

Sen. Jim Honeyford has again earned the Guardian of Small Business Award by maintaining a perfect voting record during the 2013-14 biennium on issues that count for small businesses. He was one of 15 senators to receive a 100-percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Communities across the 15th Legislative District depend on these family-run shops, which not only are up against big corporations but also all the regulations Olympia throws at them,” said Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. “It’s been my mission to chip away at the roadblocks they face and help them flourish.”

“Main Street has no better friend in the state Senate than Jim Honeyford,” said NFIB Washington State Director Patrick Connor.  “Since coming to the Legislature in 1995 Senator Honeyford has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with small business, earning a 100-percent voting record on the issues that matter most to our state’s entrepreneurs for each two-year legislature in which he has served.” [...]

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.”