Author Archives: aaronw

02 May
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Billig: Top credit ratings are the “definition of fiscal responsibility”

Citing “strong fiscal governance” and “strong fiscal management practices,” the nation’s top credit rating agencies agree that the work of Washington’s budget writers should result in the state maintaining its strong credit ratings. Moody’s (Aaa), S&P (AA+) and Fitch (AA+) ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
14 Mar
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Billig bill to reconnect Spokane communities signed into law

A bill that offers a way to reconnect communities in Spokane split by Interstate 90 and the US 395 North Spokane Corridor was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday. Senate Bill 5853, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader ...

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15 Feb
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Billig: Move Ahead WA provides huge wins for Spokane, Eastern Washington

The Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 5974 — Move Ahead Washington, a historic and community-centered investment in transportation projects throughout Spokane, Eastern Washington and the state as a whole. “Today marks a historic day for our state and provides ...

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17 Dec
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Statements from Governor Inslee, Senate and House Democratic Leadership on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) and House Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), released the following statements this morning on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment: “I have been in ongoing discussions with ...

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17 Nov
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Spokesman Review: Spokane-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Jubilant-HollisterStier breaks ground on ‘huge’ expansion

Construction began Wednesday on pharmaceutical manufacturer Jubilant HollisterStier’s $92 million expansion in Spokane that’s expected to create at least 200 new jobs. Jubilant HollisterStier makes pharmaceuticals used in the global fight against COVID-19, including vaccines and therapeutics. The company, a ...

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16 Nov
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NCSL: Senator and Baseball Owner Calls Plays at Statehouse and Ballpark

Colleagues of Washington Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig will forgive him if he uses baseball metaphors in his speeches. Billig (D) is also a part owner of the Spokane Indians, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. In fact, ...

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30 Jun
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Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig calls on Rep. Walsh to apologize and “educate himself about the history of the Holocaust and Jim Crow laws”

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig released the statement below Wednesday in response to Republican Rep. Jim Walsh’s comparison of Washington’s COVID public health rules to the Nazi persecution of Jews and a Supreme Court ruling that upheld Jim Crow laws: ...

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03 Jun
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Spokesman Review: Sen. Billig, Rep. Ormsby, and Rep. Riccelli: Focus on key priorities made historic 2021 session a success

By Sen. Andy Billig, Rep. Timm Ormsby and Rep. Marcus Riccelli When a crisis bears down, you can panic, ignore it and hope for the best, or confront it head-on. We chose to confront the COVID-19 pandemic with every available ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
25 Apr
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Billig: “The 2021 legislative session saw the end of incremental change and the beginning of a fundamental transformation”

“When we began this session 105 days ago, we had a choice.  We could come in to do the minimum and get out of town. Instead, we chose to rise to the moment as a Legislature and as a state ...

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01 Mar
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Third Legislative District delegation announces choices for Spokane County redistricting commission

Sen. Andy Billig and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli today announced their selections to the Spokane County redistricting commission. Spokane attorney and community advocate Natasha Hill and Brian McClatchey, Director of Policy and Government Relations for the Spokane City ...

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