Author Archives: abond

Washington State Capitol Building
07 Mar
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My last days as a senator

Dear friends and neighbors, Today is sine die of the 2024 legislative session and my last day on the Senate floor, doing the most exciting job I’ve ever had. Many of you probably already heard that I’m not running for ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
05 Mar
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Final Capital Budget agreement funds $1.3 billion in projects around the state

OLYMPIA—Leaders in the House and Senate today announced their final agreement on the state’s supplemental capital budget for 2024. The $1.3 billion budget funds construction projects and infrastructure across Washington and makes major investments in school construction, behavioral health facilities, ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
15 Feb
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Mullet statement on SB 5770 property tax bill and state support for local governments

Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) offered the following statement on news that the Senate would not be moving forward with SB 5770, legislation to raise the annual cap on property tax increases for cities, counties, and local governments from 1 percent ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
15 Feb
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Town hall on Saturday!

Dear friends and neighbors, One of my important roles in the Senate is serving as the lead writer of our state’s capital budget. Of the three budgets – operating, transportation, and capital – the capital budget is how we fund ...

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15 Feb
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Senate Leaders Introduce Capital Budget Proposal

Senate leaders from the Democratic and Republican caucuses today announced their 2024 capital budget proposal. The state’s capital budget funds construction and maintenance of infrastructure and physical projects. This year’s budget proposal includes major funding increases in K-12 school construction, ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
13 Feb
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Senate votes to fund law enforcement training

The Washington State Senate unanimously voted Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 6242, legislation sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), to increase state funding for the training of law enforcement. Under current law, the state covers 75 percent of the cost ...

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12 Feb
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Retirement savings bill from Sen. Mullet passes Senate

Legislation to address Washington’s retirement savings crisis passed the Senate today on a 43-6 vote. Known as Washington Saves, SB 6069, sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) and requested by State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti, would create an automatic Individual Retirement ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
07 Feb
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Those initiatives you’ve heard so much about

Dear friends and neighbors, The biggest issues we’re facing this session are the six initiatives to the Legislature that I’m sure you’ve heard so much about. More than 400,000 voters signed petitions to put these six initiatives before us – ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
31 Jan
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Driving change and funding the road ahead

Dear friends and neighbors, You’ve probably read stories about the issues in our state transportation system right now. We’ve been seeing bids on all our big projects come in over budget from contractors, our construction of new ferries has been ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
24 Jan
1

A better path forward on climate

Dear friends and neighbors, Perhaps the biggest issue of the 2024 session is our state’s efforts to combat climate change, which became incredibly controversial this past summer when our Climate Commitment Act contributed to driving up Washington’s gas prices to ...

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