Budget

Senate majority presents landmark plan for K-12 funding — Education Equality Act would make student-centered, teacher-friendly reforms OLYMPIA…Senate Majority Coalition Caucus members today introduced landmark reforms that would return state government to the role of primary provider for Washington’s K-12 schools while finally connecting school funding with the actual cost of educating students. The MCC’s Education Equality Act is the first complete, ready-for-voting solution proposed by lawmakers... Read More...
Greetings Friends and Neighbors, In this newsletter you will find the eighth edition of my policy letter, Economic Sense. This edition looks into the Governor’s historically expensive proposed collective bargaining agreements and examines whether they are the best use of taxpayer funds. It addresses lost opportunities, and provides context around... Read More...
Bipartisan agreement reached on 2016 supplemental budget Budget leaders from the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives today announced they have reached agreement on an update of the state’s current two-year operating budget. Work on a supplement to the 2015-17 budget has been under way since the 2016 regular legislative session gave way to a special... Read More...
Senate moves ahead with updated supplemental budget proposal   Senate budget leaders Sens. Andy Hill and John Braun released an updated 2016 supplemental budget proposal today, which will receive a public hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee at 2 p.m. The new plan comes at the beginning of a special session as lawmakers continue work to find... Read More...
Braun bill to boost state’s mental-health system approved Today the state Senate approved legislation introduced by Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia to expand the pool of medical professionals capable of addressing mental-health needs of Washingtonians. Senate Bill 6445, which cleared the Senate unanimously, would clarify state law to include physician assistants in the delivery of mental-health services. “Our state... Read More...
Forest land management more efficient now that Braun bill signed into law Forest land management more efficient now that Braun bill signed into law OLYMPIA… Today the governor signed Senate Bill 6180 into law which changes how counties administer forest land and open space timber programs. This legislation authorizes counties to merge programs for more efficient and cost effective administration. Both programs... Read More...
20th District schools see more money from timber in supplemental budget Recent budget negotiations by Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia have resulted in restoration of revenues to rural districts from forestry activities on federal lands. Local school districts would receive more than $350 thousand dollars under this legislation. Both House and Senate passed the measure today that partially eliminates reductions in basic... Read More...
Braun comments on special session, reforms Washington State’s 20th District Senator, John Braun, R-Centralia, talks about the budget impasse that appears to be necessitating a second special session, plus he comments on the workers’ compensation reform package recently passed by the Senate. Read More...
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