IN THE NEWS: Pioneering lawmakers are making history Late in November 2012, I traveled to our state Capitol for the biennial re-organization of my Senate Republican Caucus. Held in even years shortly after each general election, “re-org” is our equivalent of a board meeting: Caucus members vote on leadership positions and set the agenda for the upcoming session.... Read More...
Senate’s sensible supplemental capital budget built on solid principles The Senate’s capital-budget chair said the $87 million supplemental capital-budget proposal released today focuses squarely on supporting new classrooms, providing temporary mental-health housing and addressing an environmental-cleanup emergency, all within available revenue. “This is a true supplemental budget, not a laundry list of new projects. The supplemental is meant to... Read More...
Honeyford to lead Senate ceremony Wednesday honoring Civil Air Patrol Sen. Jim Honeyford, a lieutenant colonel with both the Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and Yakima Composite Squadron, sponsors a Senate resolution each year to honor the Civil Air Patrol’s service to communities and country. This year the recognition ceremony, set for Wednesday, Feb. 24 will feature something... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Hip, tech-savvy senator hits Olympia I arrived at the state Capitol just before 7 a.m. Jan. 11. It was the first day of the legislative session, but I had been in Olympia almost a week. At home, Christmas decorations had barely been taken down before I was filling my car with suits and ties and... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Local men honored by state Filipino community Sunnyside’s Rey Pascua and Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) recently were honored for their ongoing support of Washington’s Filipino communities. The Filipino Community of Seattle selected the two men for the Bayanihan Award given to those who promote community leadership, said Sheila Burrus, the Seattle organization’s executive director. Honeyford and Pascua,... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Civil Air Patrol honors Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) receives the Legislator of the Year Award this past Saturday at the National Civil Air Patrol Convention in Orlando, Fla. Honeyford was honored for his work to benefit search and rescue efforts in Washington state, for his help in obtaining a hangar at the McAllister Air... Read More...
Honeyford, Warnick gain Senate support for drought relief Today, on the final day of the Legislature’s special session, the Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account, allowing the state Department of Ecology to begin emergency drought response as soon as the bill is approved by the House of Representatives and signed into... Read More...
A capital budget that builds classrooms, not state office buildings This post originally appeared in the Majority Coalition Caucus leadership blog, Exit 105. Over the weekend a news story highlighted one of the big problems the Legislature faces this year. We’re mandating all-day kindergarten and reducing class sizes in grades K-3. And if we do that, we’re going to need... Read More...
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