Government Reform

Transportation secretary fails to win Senate confirmation, loses job A majority of the state Senate voted today against confirming the state transportation secretary appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The decision means Lynn Peterson is out as head of the state Department of Transportation after three years. “This is about having accountability at the highest levels in state agencies. Secretary... Read More...
Senate passes education-first budget – again   The Senate today passed a new budget that its leaders say should help bring about the consensus necessary for the Legislature to complete its work.   “Once again, the Senate has worked hard to put together and pass a sustainable budget that adheres to our constitutional and moral duty... Read More...
Sen. Schoesler reflects on the first three weeks of the 2013 legislative session Washington State’s 9th District Senator, Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, and leader of the Senate Republican Caucus, talks about the Majority Coalition Caucus’ package of workers’ compensation reform legislation and how it would benefit employees and business owners, and he addresses a proposal to change the way school construction is funded to... Read More...