Category Archives: E-News/News Release

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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19 Mar
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On to the Interim and Save the Date

Last week we wrapped up the 2022 legislative session, adjourning sine die on Thursday night. For the moment, gone are the days of Senate floor debates, cutoff dates, and committee hearings. This week, we begin the part of the year called ...

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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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18 Oct
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New Districts, New Staff, New Accountability

Redistricting Washington State and Spokane County Efforts are currently underway to draw new boundaries for the state’s 10 congressional and 49 legislative districts based on Census data gathered in 2020. The bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission is spearheading this work ...

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08 Jul
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Highlights from the 2021 Washington State Legislature

The Washington State Legislature recently concluded a historic legislative session. As we all work together to create a robust and sustained recovery from the pandemic, we have never been prouder to represent the people of Spokane. (Click here to view ...

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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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15 Jun
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What is the interim?

Reflecting on session In a recent op-ed featured in the Spokesman Review, Representatives Ormsby, Riccelli and I reflect on the historic 2021 legislative session, both it’s challenges and accomplishments. As we wrote in the article, “When a crisis bears down, ...

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