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Billig: Top credit ratings are the "definition of fiscal responsibility"

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+) pointed to Washington’s fiscal management, forecasting system and high budget reserves among the reasons for their decision to award the state ...

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On to the Interim and Save the Date

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 the legislative interim. The interim is the time between legislative sessions when we engage more deeply with the community, work on ...

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Billig bill to reconnect Spokane communities signed into law

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 Andy Billig, allows the Washington State Department of Transportation to more efficiently lease surplus property for things such as parks, ...

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

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 yet another example of how Washington leads the nation,” Sen. Andy Billig said. “This bill and the projects in it ...

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3rd Legislative District to Host Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday

3rd Legislative District to Host Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday

Join your Spokane legislators for a live virtual town hall on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 pm. Sen. Andy Billig, Rep. Timm Ormsby, and Rep. Marcus Riccelli will share thoughts on their legislative priorities and answer your questions on the issues you care about. Submit questions ahead of time: Read More

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

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 legislators about the long-term care bill, which is set to begin collecting funds in January. This bill will help provide much-needed ...

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New Districts, New Staff, New Accountability

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 with its four appointed members, one from each caucus. The commissioners are tasked with proposing new maps, incorporating public input, and ...

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Mobile Office with your legislators at the Emerson Garfield Farmer's Market this Friday!

Mobile Office with your legislators at the Emerson Garfield Farmer's Market this Friday!

Come visit with Senator Andy Billig, Representative Timm Ormsby, and Representative Marcus Riccelli as they host a Mobile Office from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Emerson Garfield Farmer's Market Friday July 9th. We will be there to visit with constituents in the market and answer questions. The market runs from 3:00-7:00 PM every Friday at 2310 N Monroe in Spokane. We welcome ...

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Highlights from the 2021 Washington State Legislature

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 the a PDF of the mailer sent to constituents of Spokane's 3rd Legislative District .  

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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 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: “Rep. Walsh's comments and actions were deeply offensive and demonstrated either extreme ignorance or a willful effort to lie about ...

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