Budget Priorities

COVID-19: Stay Separate, Stay Safe Dear Neighbor, As we continue focusing on saving lives during the COVID-19 crisis, we also need to look to the future on how life will resume afterward. We do not want to come out of this crisis economically devastated. The key to a strong recovery is limiting the damage done... Read More...
Budget season in Olympia Dear Neighbor, As the 2020 Legislative Session begins to wind-down, much of our attention is turning towards our supplemental operating and supplemental capital budgets. The budget process is difficult –at best–as we work to balance the needs of government with the needs of its citizens. Health, public safety, education, these... Read More...
Tax season in Olympia has arrived Dear Neighbor, Greetings! The 2020 legislative session is off to a fast start; most of my time so far this session has been spent attending meetings of the three Senate committees I have the honor of being assigned to – Early Learning and K-12 Education, Ways and Means, and the... Read More...
Wagoner frustrated that budget unnecessarily dips into rainy day fund Gratified funding for vital 39th District projects is included Now that legislature has reached sine die, meaning the last day of the 2018 session, Republican Senator Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, offered this comment about the 2018 supplemental operating budget, which was developed without bipartisan input and was presented to the Legislature... Read More...