Olympia Report

Revenue forecast shows $2 billion more On Wednesday, March 20, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council announced we will have nearly two billion additional dollars for the 2013-15 operating budget. This news has been extremely well-received and has strengthened the resolve of the Majority Coalition Caucus to not raise your taxes. Despite reports to the... Read More...
Our “10-3-50” plan to reduce tuition and fund higher education Over the last few years, the state has cut more than 30 percent out of the funding provided for our colleges and universities. Because of those funding cuts, tuition rates are at all-time highs. This past week, the Majority Coalition Caucus rolled out our “10-3-50” plan that will increase funding... Read More...
First deadline of the 2013 session has passed Greetings, and thanks for reading my Olympia Report e-newsletter! The 2013 legislative session is well underway, and we’ve just passed our first cutoff deadline. Friday was the last day that policy committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate could consider bills from their body of origin. This... Read More...
Funding schools – and school safety – first I sponsored Senate Bill 5445, which is currently being considered by the House Capital Budget Committee. It would appropriate $10 million of capital funds to improve security at existing and future public schools based on the measures set forth in another bill, Senate Bill 5197. Two of the Majority Coalition... Read More...
More on my bills that survived cutoff Senate Bill 5054 – Habitat and recreation lands. This bill would require the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources and State Parks to ask the Legislature for permission to acquire new land. Currently awaiting approval by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Senate Bill 5056 –... Read More...
Honoring the Civil Air Patrol and Filipino-Americans This session, I’m again sponsoring two resolutions to honor the Civil Air Patrol and the history and heritage of Filipino-Americans in Washington. As you know, I’ve been a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol for years, serving as a lieutenant colonel with both the Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and... Read More...
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