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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...
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...
Senate Announces Jobs Now! Initiative – Passes Worker Recovery Act Senate passes Worker Recovery Act and other job-creation bills Legislators follow votes with announcement of ‘Jobs Now!’ plan to create, save jobs Sen. John Braun, R- Centralia cosponsor of legislation aimed at reducing barriers for injured workers voted in favor of the Worker Recovery Act, Senate Bill 5127. The Senate... Read More...
Pension reform must start at the top with elected officials State Senator John Braun – “If 401(k) plans are good enough for Boeing machinists, they should be good enough for those who hold elected office.” Via KPLU radio — “Republican John Braun on Wednesday said he will introduce legislation to end pensions for all elected officials in Washington. Click here... Read More...
Daily News: Time for a transportation fix Commentary by State Sens. John Braun and Ann Rivers   Washington’s transportation system is in major need of a fix. Cowlitz County/Southwest Washington taxpayers depend on the state to maintain functioning highways they can use for commuting and shipping their products. Without good roads, the local economy would grind to... Read More...
Olympian: Time for a new direction in transportation funding Op-ed by Sens. Randi Becker and John Braun During the 2013 legislative session there was a debate about whether to raise the state gas tax to fund a new transportation package. Some, including the governor, want to enact such a plan. But what we’re hearing from the public is that... Read More...