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Chronicle: Transportation Reform in Washington Can’t Wait Op-ed by Sen. John Braun It’s time to get Washington’s transportation system moving again. Here in Lewis County, we are highly dependent on a functioning highway system, without which our timber industry as well as other businesses would be unable to ship their products. Many people also commute long distances... Read More...
DeBolt and Braun applaud $28.2 million allocation for flood protection Today, Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, and Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, supported the 2013-15 Capital Budget which allocates $28.2 million for flood protection in the Chehalis River Basin. “Lewis County has been devastated by floods twice in the past decade. Today, we took a meaningful step forward toward our goal of... Read More...
Braun supports updated Senate budget with emphasis on education OLYMPIA… Sen. John Braun yesterday supported an updated Senate spending plan. “I’m proud that the Senate has once again crafted a sustainable budget that makes education the top priority,” said Braun, R-Centralia. “I am keenly aware of the need to pay our bills before anything else. The state’s paramount duty... Read More...
Braun bill allowing private-school online courses wins House approval Yesterday, the state House passed Senate Bill 5496, a measure Sen. John Braun introduced that would give private schools the same ability as public schools to offer online school programs. The bill would help schools like Centralia Christian School and St. Joseph Catholic School, in the 20th Legislative District Braun... Read More...
Braun disappointed with House Democrats’ approach to state budget Sen. John Braun expressed disappointment with the House Democrat budget proposal made public today, noting how eerily similar it is to Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan – to the point of raising tuition at Washington’s four-year colleges by the same 6 to 10 percent in the next two years. “This proposal,... Read More...
Legislators from the 20th District to hold telephone town hall  Sen. John Braun and Reps. Richard DeBolt and Ed Orcutt are hosting a telephone town-hall meeting April 3 at 6:30 pm. All citizens from the 20th Legislative District are invited to participate in the community conversation. Constituents can participate from the comfort of their own home by calling toll-free 1-877-229-8493... Read More...
Braun supports Majority Coalition Caucus plan to reduce tuition by 3 percent 10-3-50 plan will also provide additional investments in high-demand STEM degrees  Sen. John Braun is co-sponsoring a plan to fund higher education unveiled yesterday by the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. It’s aimed at reducing tuition for students enrolled in college, increasing spending on public universities and community colleges, and creating... Read More...