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...
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...