April 10, 2013

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,...
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March 26, 2013

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...
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March 22, 2013

Braun bill allowing private-school online courses receives public hearing in House

Today the state House Education Committee heard testimony from Sen. John Braun regarding Senate Bill 5496, the measure he introduced that would give private schools the same ability to offer online school programs as public schools. The bill would help schools like Centralia Christian School and St. Joseph Catholic School,...
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March 20, 2013

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...
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March 14, 2013

Sen. Braun jobs press conference

Senators John Braun (R-Centralia), Janéa Holmquist Newbry (R-Moses Lake) and Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) celebrate the efforts of the Majority Coalition Caucus by holding a press conference with members of the business community. They talked about their ability to work collaboratively with several members of the minority to pass a number...
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March 12, 2013

Braun pleased that four of his pro-job bills pass Senate

20th District lawmaker’s measures reflects his dedication to private-sector jobs The Senate voted Monday in favor of four bills introduced by Sen. John Braun, who said each bill passed would help to bring stability, predictability and efficiency to Washington’s private sector. “Yesterday the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus confirmed its commitment...
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March 05, 2013

Braun pleased with bipartisan support for fight against human trafficking

Sen. John Braun is pleased with Monday’s unanimous Senate votes for two bills aimed at fighting human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. Senate Bill 5669 would provide law-enforcement officers and the criminal-justice system with more tools to go after traffickers, and Senate Bill 5488 would establish an enhanced...
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February 25, 2013

Majority Coalition leaders laud committee chairs for bipartisan accomplishments

New leadership delivering on commitment to bring new way of governing to Senate Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue, and Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, today applauded the Senate’s committee chairs for their even-handed approach to moving legislation forward by Friday’s deadline for policy committees to act on Senate...
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February 25, 2013

Senate Trade & Economic Development leader celebrates progress

Yesterday was the last day legislators voted on policy bills in the Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee. The meeting was focused on passing bills that would help private sector job growth or increase global competitiveness. “We had several complex issues in front of us this year, which required more...
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