Senate supports safety improvements for ‘Cougar Nation’ Unique appropriation would let WSDOT, WSU team to address concerns OLYMPIA… At Sen. Mark Schoesler’s request, the new transportation budget adopted today by the Senate adds $400,000 for safety improvements in the State Route 26 and U.S. Highway 195 corridors. The two roads carry the majority of in-state travelers headed... Read More...
Schoesler says vote to extend levy authority fits Senate K-12 plan OLYMPIA…The Senate this evening voted to extend a temporary increase of local school-levy authority, but only after including reforms that would force school districts to closely account for locally generated dollars to ensure they are not used for basic-education expenses. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said the near-unanimous passage of Senate... Read More...
Senate majority leader welcomes Rossi’s return RITZVILLE…The King County Council today appointed former state Sen. Dino Rossi to the 45th Legislative District position left vacant by Sen. Andy Hill’s death Oct. 31. Rossi, R-Sammamish, served the neighboring 5th Legislative District from 1997 through 2003, stepping down to run for governor, and again during the second half... Read More...
Schoesler: Kelley should resign, public trust violated Despite jury verdict, Troy Kelley should resign to restore confidence in auditor’s office   OLYMPIA…A federal jury Tuesday returned a verdict of not guilty on one of 15 counts in the trial against state auditor Troy Kelley for possession of stolen property, money laundering and tax evasion, wrapping up a... Read More...
Schoesler says Senate budget proposal’s no-new-taxes approach is best Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler offered this statement about the supplemental operating budget proposed today by the Senate. The update would increase state spending in the 2015-17 operating budget by a modest $49 million. “Governor Inslee wants to raise taxes and raid the state’s rainy-day fund. The Democrats who control... Read More...
Senate majority leader: Someone needs to hold agencies accountable Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, offered this response to remarks made today by Gov. Jay Inslee regarding the Senate’s Friday vote that effectively ousted the state secretary of transportation. “Of course the governor is upset. Three of the biggest state agencies under his control – DSHS, DOT and DOC... Read More...
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...
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