15th District priorities reflected in approved capital budget The negotiated version of the next two-year state capital budget was approved by the Legislature today. Lawmakers representing the 15th Legislative District applauded the budget, which includes $19.4 million in critical funding for water, school construction, community projects and other infrastructure needs in the district. “This is a strong budget... Read More...
Historic support for broadband in final capital budget Schools, behavioral-health services and housing affordability are also big winners in compromise budget; funds 11 hatchery projects Today the Legislature rolled out its final, agreed-to capital budget for 2021-23. The $6.3 billion bipartisan spending plan would invest a record $413 million toward the expansion of broadband, including $50 million in... Read More...
Murder hornets beware! Honeyford bill to extend the life of the Invasive Species Council clears House in unanimous vote If they had boots, murder hornets, apple maggots and African clawed frogs would be shaking in them at today’s news from the state Legislature. In a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved Sen.... Read More...
Senate capital budget would provide unprecedented support for broadband Schools, behavioral-health services and housing affordability are also big winners in Senate plan Today the Senate released a bipartisan capital budget plan that would dedicate an unprecedented $490 million toward expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas, along with $406 million toward behavioral-health services and $315 million for affordable housing... Read More...
Senate overwhelmingly approves Honeyford bill to support small schools Today the Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford to help provide school districts serving low-income communities with flexibility in financing their facilities. “We’ve heard the majority talk a lot about equity this session, but one of the areas lacking equity the most is in funding for... Read More...
Honeyford on daylight saving time: Why is this still a thing? At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, daylight saving time for 2020 will come to an end, clocks will turn back an hour, and State Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, will once again lament that this annual ritual is even still a thing Washingtonians must do. The Republican lawmaker has been... Read More...