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...
Senate capital budget would boost schools, recreation, economic development The Senate’s bipartisan capital-budget proposal for 2015-17 would build over 2,100 classrooms, fully fund 80 parks and trails, and devote $60 million to local-government infrastructure projects statewide. The $3.9 billion plan was released today by Sen. Jim Honeyford, capital-budget chair; Sen. Karen Keiser, Democratic capital-budget leader; Sen. Bruce Dammeier, vice... Read More...
Joint legislative drought committee meets, Honeyford selected as chair In response to the record low mountain snowpack and the governor’s drought declaration, the first meeting of the 2015 Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply During Drought was held today. Sen. Jim Honeyford was chosen to chair the committee that has been tasked with making legislative recommendations in response to... Read More...
Washington founders of Civil Air Patrol honored by Senate The four Washingtonians who helped found the Civil Air Patrol more than 70 years ago were honored today during a ceremony in the state Senate chamber. Lt. Col. Warren Davis of Seattle and Lt. Col. Richard Hagmann of Spokane attended, as did the family members representingtheir deceased comrades: Lt. James... Read More...
Legislature’s ‘aviation caucus’ to spotlight historic wartime flights Kicking off the first 2015 meeting of the state Legislature’s “Aviation Caucus” Thursday will be a visit from two members of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, a Bellingham-based group dedicated to recreating a flight along the historic Alaska-Siberia air route used in World War II. The little-known air route represented a... Read More...
Sen. Jim Honeyford’s Olympia Report – Jan. 14, 2015 Edition 2015 session is off and running This week my colleagues and I returned to Olympia for the 2015 legislative session. For the next 105 days I will be working diligently to ensure job opportunities are expanded, a great education is within the reach of every child and that we budget... Read More...
Honeyford is first to receive new CWU alumni award In a ceremony May 1, Sen. Jim Honeyford received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year award for Social Sciences from Central Washington University. The award recognizes Honeyford’s ongoing passion and interest in CWU as well as his work as chair of the Senate capital budget to... Read More...
Honeyford’s perfect record of support for small business continues Sen. Jim Honeyford has again earned the Guardian of Small Business Award by maintaining a perfect voting record during the 2013-14 biennium on issues that count for small businesses. He was one of 15 senators to receive a 100-percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business. “Communities across the... Read More...
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...
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