Water banking web page goes live thanks to Honeyford bill A new web page devoted to water banking information has been launched thanks to legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jim Honeyford. Passed with overwhelming support during the 2016 legislative session, Substitute Senate Bill 6179, directed the state Department of Ecology to create a web page on its website that provides... Read More...
Capital budget grants provide local schools with additional space Three local school districts have been selected to receive funding aimed at making kindergarten through third-grade classrooms less crowded. The Wapato School District is slated to receive $13 million, the Toppenish School District was awarded $2.2 million and the Yakima School District picked up $220,451; the funds will primarily be... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Burke Museum Breaks Ground on New Building Burke Museum Breaks Ground on New Building Community Gathers to Celebrate the New Washington State Museum Seattle – Over 500 people gathered today on the University of Washington campus to celebrate starting construction on the New Burke Museum. The Burke is Washington’s oldest museum and the State Museum of Natural... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Looking at Olympia in rear-view mirror I pulled into my driveway in Sunnyside late on the afternoon of March 31. The final day of this year’s regular legislative session had been scheduled for March 10, but the stubborn support for tax increases on the part of the Democrats who control the House of Representatives had unnecessarily... Read More...
Sen. Jim Honeyford’s Olympia Update – End of session edition Although the legislative session was scheduled to end March 10, it took an additional 20 days for the Democrats in the House of Representatives to finally drop their pursuit of new taxes. In the end, we agreed to an operating-budget update that was restrained in its spending, contained no new taxes... Read More...
DeRuyter brothers serve as pages for Sen. Honeyford Jaymin and Brendon DeRuyter, both home-schooled high school students from Zillah, recently spent a week working as pages for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. The brothers were two of 29 students who served as Senate pages for the eighth week of the 2016 legislative session. They... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: House delaying up capital budget OK When I pulled the pickup truck into Olympia in early January, I was hopeful this “short” 60-day legislative session would truly be just that — 60 days. However, here I am at my Newhouse Building desk on day 60-something, with the Senate and House still miles apart on supplemental operating... Read More...
Senate approves ‘true’ supplemental capital budget The Senate today gave a strong endorsement to its proposed supplemental capital budget, voting 39-10 for a collection of changes totaling $87 million. The budget would provide funding for new classrooms, mental-health support and environmental cleanup, without tapping the state’s rainy-day fund or relying on a new revenue source. “It was... Read More...
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