Sen. Braun’s E-newsletter – May 13, 2015 May 13, 2015 Budget Update: Day 15 of the Special Session We are now half-way through the 2015 special session. The Legislature was convened by the governor for 30 days to finish work on the operating budget that should have been completed in the 105-day regular session. During that time... Read More...
Tuition-cap bill approved by Senate College affordability one step closer for Washington Families The Senate Majority’s College Affordability Program, Senate Bill 5954 passed with bipartisan support but surprising opposition from half of Senate Democrats. The bill, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, and chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara... Read More...
Sen. Braun’s E-newsletter – April 20, 2015 April 20, 2015 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent telephone town-hall meeting. We had record participation this year of over 1,900, and we discussed a wide range of issues. Your input is invaluable as I work to represent you here in Olympia. The... Read More...
6 days left: Budget countdown continues April 20, 2015  6 days left: Budget countdown continues I am continuing the countdown to the end of the 2015 legislative session, highlighting the need to complete budget negotiations by April 26. Today is the 99th day of the 105-day legislative session. There are only 6 days left for the... Read More...
Day 94: Budget countdown continues April 15, 2015 Day 94: Budget countdown continues I am beginning the countdown to the end of the 2015 legislative session, highlighting the need to complete budget negotiations by April 26. Today is the 94th day of the 105-day legislative session, the 19th day since House Democrats rolled out a... Read More...
Senate tuition-cut proposal good for families and GET program After Sen. John Braun introduced legislation to cut tuition at state colleges and universities some questions arose regarding the bill’s effects on Washington State’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program. Opponents of the proposal have erroneously stated the measure would reduce the value of credits already purchased through the state GET program.... Read More...
Senate budget moves state forward with no new taxes The Senate Majority Coalition’s budget proposal makes education the top priority and delivers tax relief and college affordability to families across Washington without raising taxes. Senate budget leaders released their 2015-17 state operating budget proposal today committed to capturing savings and keeping the state’s economy moving with more investments in... Read More...
Home care union contract poses big issues This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Fifteen years ago, home care workers and others like them were the last great frontier for public-employee-union organizing efforts nationwide. They didn’t look like state employees, they didn’t work like state employees, but they collected... Read More...
Braun, Orcutt holding telephone town hall March 24 Contact: Laudan Espinoza, Senior Information Officer – (360) 786-7504 – Sen. Braun 20th District legislators Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, and Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, will hold an hour-long telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. The phone number for the telephone town hall is (360) 302-3005. During the... Read More...
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