Olympia Report

Post session 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. Read More...
Industrial hemp crops grown in Washington? There was in interesting hearing last week in the Senate ag committee dealing with industrial hemp and the possibility of making it a new crop in Washington. While it’s currently outlawed due to its close relation to marijuana, now that the people have legalized recreational marijuana the conversation about making... Read More...
Protecting water quality along with agruculture Agriculture is a $49 billion component of the economy of Washington state. In recent years, more and more environmental overstepping has inhibited the ability of agriculture to grow as an industry. There is now a concern that the state’s non-point water quality regulations can impair the agricultural sector’s economic viability... Read More...
Two weeks down, six to go The Legislature has now completed the first two weeks of the 2014 session and we’re well underway debating bill proposals and negotiating with our colleagues. Since this is a short (60-day) session, the timeframe to accomplish what we need to do is reduced and everything seems to be getting done... Read More...
A bill for the bee industry This week I introduced a new bill aimed at helping our state’s bee industry, which has been growing thanks to certain tax preferences that are now set to expire. Senate Bill 6402, would revise the definition of “agricultural product,” for the purposes of extending the state’s business and occupation tax credit... Read More...
Aviation caucus is now in its second year Last year was the first time we organized an “aviation caucus” devoted to general and business aviation and its economic impact on Washington. Our job is to help lawmakers better understand the burdens and obstacles companies confront and how to make flying safer and more accessible. I’m pleased to report... Read More...
2014 Session Begins with high hopes, challenges Today began the 60-day legislative session for 2014, and it also marks the first session we’ve seen in a long time that is beginning without a deficit to reconcile. That’s due to the balanced, reform-focused budget proposed and passed by the Majority Coalition Caucus in 2013. Last year we promised to work on... Read More...
Transportation is topic number one in Olympia This picture is an aerial view of Interstate 82 in Yakima (courtesy WSDOT). It’s just one of dozens of projects that would be completed if the latest statewide transportation package is passed into law. But there’s a catch…it comes with an 11.5-cent gas tax increase. That’s not to say it’s... Read More...
Wreaths Across America Every year an event known as Wreaths Across America takes place to help decorate the graves of veterans for the holiday season. It’s an event meant to simply and solemnly REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who serve our country and TEACH others the value of freedom. This year’s event takes... Read More...
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