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Senate budget proposal emphasizes investments in behavioral health, public schools

Senate budget proposal emphasizes investments in behavioral health, public schools

OLYMPIA — Washington State Senate budget leaders unveiled a $71.7 billion supplemental operating budget plan Monday that increases support for behavioral health and public schools.  The budget adds roughly $1.9 billion in new spending to the two-year budget passed by lawmakers in April 2023.  “Many hours and conversations went into shaping our supplemental budget proposal, and I’m very ...

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Robinson bill to reduce property taxes for lower-value homes heard in committee

Robinson bill to reduce property taxes for lower-value homes heard in committee

OLYMPIA — A bill to reduce property taxes for lower-value homes was heard in the Senate Ways & Means Committee Thursday.   Senate Bill 6249, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), would decrease property taxes for homeowners starting in 2027 by providing a tax break of $100,000 or 60% of the median home value in the county, ...

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Robinson elected Senate Ways & Means Committee chair

Robinson elected Senate Ways & Means Committee chair

Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett) was elected chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee following a vote of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Thursday.  “I am honored to have the trust of the Senate Democratic Caucus in being chosen for this key position and feel well prepared to step into this role, given my knowledge of the ...

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Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision signed into law

Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision signed into law

OLYMPIA — A bill to amend Washington’s drug possession laws and expand access to pretrial treatment programs was signed into law Tuesday, after passing both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.  Senate Bill 5536, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), permanently addresses the state Supreme Court’s 2021 State v. Blake ruling, which struck ...

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Bill to better regulate THC products, limit youth access signed into law

Bill to better regulate THC products, limit youth access signed into law

OLYMPIA — A bill to better regulate THC products and limit youth access was signed into law after passing both chambers with strong bipartisan support.  Senate Bill 5367, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), adds products containing a detectable amount of THC to the regulated cannabis market and amends the definition of “cannabis products” in state ...

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Bill to help address health care staffing shortage signed into law

Bill to help address health care staffing shortage signed into law

OLYMPIA — A bill to help address the health care staffing shortage by mitigating unmanageable patient loads and worker burnout was signed into law Thursday.  Senate Bill 5236, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), requires hospitals to submit staffing plans to the state Department of Health. The expected staff-to-patient staffing standards would be developed by a ...

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Senate passes budget to boost funding for schools, behavioral health, housing, climate action

Senate passes budget to boost funding for schools, behavioral health, housing, climate action

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate passed a $69.2 billion, two-year budget today on a 40-9 vote to increase funding for vital state services, including targeted support for behavioral health, public schools, housing and homelessness, and a historic investment to address the climate crisis. The two-year operating budget adds roughly $5 billion in new spending and does not rely on any ...

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Robinson issues statement on capital gains ruling 

Robinson issues statement on capital gains ruling 

OLYMPIA – Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), vice chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5096, released this statement following the Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling in Quinn v. Washington:  “Today’s decision is the culmination of over a decade of work to fix our upside-down tax code and rewrite ...

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Senate budget targets schools, behavioral health, housing, climate action

Senate budget targets schools, behavioral health, housing, climate action

OLYMPIA – Budget leaders in the Washington State Senate introduced a sweeping, $69.2 billion operating budget proposal Thursday to increase funding for vital state services, including targeted support for behavioral health, public schools, housing and homelessness, and a historic investment to address the climate crisis. The two-year operating budget adds roughly $5.1 billion in new spending and does not rely on ...

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Senate budget proposal would invest $125 million in 38th District

Senate budget proposal would invest $125 million in 38th District

OLYMPIA — The Senate unveiled its capital budget proposal Monday, potentially investing more than $125 million in projects throughout the 38th Legislative District if passed.  The suggested funding would go toward behavioral health facilities, local sports venues, community buildings and more. Some of proposed district-wide investments include: 

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