Hard-fought Hirst compromise reached for rural Washington Capital budget approved; provides unprecedented support for education After nearly a year of negotiations, Sen. Judy Warnick, former chair of the Senate’s water-related committee and lead negotiator on the bill to fix the flawed Hirst court decision, believes the compromise deal reached this week by Senate and House negotiators will... Read More...
Senate capital budget would provide unprecedented support for education Water needs, mental-health services and natural resources are also big winners in Senate plan Today the Senate released a bipartisan, capital budget plan that would dedicate a record $1.1 billion toward school construction. Senate Bill 5086 appropriates $2.53 billion in bonds and $1.46 billion in cash for the 2017-19 biennium... Read More...
Honeyford presides over Senate during first full day of voting OLYMPIA… Sen. Jim Honeyford made his initial appearance Monday evening as presiding officer of the state Senate since his election earlier this year as Senate vice president pro tempore. “It was an honor to help conduct the people’s business from a new vantage point – the front of the Senate... Read More...
Capitol Ideas: ‘Education lab’ open once more http://www.dailysunnews.com/news/2017/feb/10/education-lab-open-once-more/ By Sen. Jim Honeyford Friday, February 10, 2017 The first time I placed my hand on the Bible and took the oath of office as a member of the state House of Representatives was in 1995. The atmosphere was charged with the spirit of reform. From Congress to the... Read More...
Capitol Ideas: A bait-and-switch budget offer http://www.dailysunnews.com/news/2017/jan/20/bait-and-switch-budget-offer/ A bait-and-switch budget offer By Sen. Jim Honeyford What could be more cynical and cruel than convincing people who passionately care about the environment that you have a plan to save it when all you really have is a way to grab money and kill jobs? That’s what Gov.... Read More...
Senate unanimously selects Honeyford to serve as vice president pro tempore The state Senate today chose Sen. Jim Honeyford as its vice president pro tempore, making him one of just three lawmakers formally selected to preside in the Senate’s chambers at the Capitol. “I’m pleased my colleagues have entrusted this important leadership role to me,” said Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. “When called upon... Read More...