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E-newsletter - Back in Olympia, trying to land the Boeing 777x

E-newsletter - Back in Olympia, trying to land the Boeing 777x

Landing the 777x On very short notice, Governor Inslee last week called a special legislative session to consider a package of bills to ensure that the Boeing Company will build the new 777x and its composite wings in Washington State. There were three key parts of the package: 1. Extension of current preferential tax rates for aerospace manufacturing. 2. Expansion of workforce training programs, particularly focused ...

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E-newsletter - What is the best investment in education?

E-newsletter - What is the best investment in education?

Early learning: Our best investment The data is clear and there is wide agreement that the best investment for the educational success of Washington State's children is high quality early learning. Last session, one of my priority bills was SB 5595, which among other things, created a task force to figure out how to better align the ...

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E-newsletter - We're Open!

E-newsletter - We're Open!

While the Federal government is in the midst of a shutdown, state government and our new health care exchange are open for business. I can’t quite get my head around how a high point and low point for our government can happen on the same day. Yesterday started an arbitrary government shutdown caused by one faction of one caucus in one ...

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E-newsletter - Mobile Offices and Target Zero

E-newsletter - Mobile Offices and Target Zero

One of my goals for the interim period between sessions is to go out and see state government in action so that I understand the facts on the ground when we are making budget and policy decisions in Olympia. Recently, I had the opportunity to ride along with Washington State Patrol Trooper Scott Davis during a Target Zero Task Force shift.

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E-newsletter - Budgets passed & Legislature adjourned!

E-newsletter - Budgets passed & Legislature adjourned!

Budgets passed and Legislature adjourned!

On Saturday we passed the state's $33.6 billion two-year operating budget and finished what turned out to be a long and arduous budget process. While the process took longer than any of us would have liked, we ended up with a responsible and balanced budget that helps the Spokane ...

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