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Here you may find information about what I’m doing on behalf of the 20th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate.

It’s a great honor to serve my neighbors in Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark counties. That said, I’m not a career politician and don’t aspire to be one.  It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to seek elected office, after realizing that it wasn’t enough for me to simply talk about the need for employers like myself to get involved in policy-making.

Given my business background I’m pleased to be serving as chair of the Senate’s Trade & Economic Development Committee and as vice chair of the Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee. In addition to those positions, I am a member of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee. City and county governments are the backbone of our communities, so I appreciate the opportunity to work on the issues concerning local governments. There is much the Legislature can do to help preserve jobs and attract more employers, in ways that both the business community and organized labor should be able to support. I’m also serving on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for developing the Senate’s proposed operating budget and is therefore very much in the public spotlight. In addition, I’m a member of the Senate Government Operations Committee; considering how for many people, interaction with government happens at the local (city/county) level more than the state level, I appreciate the opportunity to work on issues concerning local governments. Finally, I’m proud to be a member of not only the Senate Republican Caucus but also the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus that was formed in late 2012. Good ideas aren’t necessarily tied to one political philosophy or another, and our majority coalition’s approach to shared governing and desire for bipartisan cooperation can only help to produce better outcomes for the people of Washington. Thanks for visiting. Please contact me if you have a question or concern about state government and believe I can help.   John Braun   PO Box 40420 Olympia, WA   98504-0420 407 Legislative Building Office: (360) 786.7638

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Collective bargaining must be open process says Braun Collective bargaining must be open process says Braun
Sen. John Braun’s legislation, Senate Bill 5329 that would require public employees’ union negotiations to be open to the public received a hearing in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Monday. “It is important to have transparency and openness in government,” Braun, R- Centralia, said. “We’ve recently seen private negotiations...
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Braun bill aimed at better treatment of taxpayers’ appeals Braun bill aimed at better treatment of taxpayers’ appeals
Taxpayers in Washington can face a lengthy and challenging process when disputing a tax assessment. To create a more open and fair process Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, introduced Senate Bill 5449 which would create a statewide elected Tax Appeals Division of the appeals court and eliminate the executive agency comprised...
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Legislative Update – Jan. 14, 2015 Legislative Update – Jan. 14, 2015
January 14, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The 2015 legislative session began Monday. Considerable work will go into building a sustainable budget that prioritizes education. I believe that we can do this without significantly altering our state’s tax structure as Governor Inslee is proposing. Raising taxes should be a last...
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Legislative Update – Jan. 12, 2015 Legislative Update – Jan. 12, 2015
January 12, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The 2015 Legislative Session begins this coming Monday. It will be challenging, as we build a budget that reflects the values of the people of our state and district and prioritizes jobs, education and responsible spending. I will focus my efforts on policies...
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