Senate budget plan keeps promise not to raise taxes Today the Senate released its 2013-15 operating budget plan. The proposal would make meaningful investments in Washington’s environment and education system without raising taxes. This budget plan keeps the promise made by the Senate’s bipartisan coalition to make investments in our state’s education system while living within our means. The proposal... Read More...
Bill to advance evidence-based approach for improving environment signed into law Today Senate Bill 5802 was signed into law. The bill establishes a task force to examine approaches to improving the environment and develop best practices for future action. I welcome this new, evidence-based approach to environmental improvement. With Senate Bill 5802 we are fundamentally changing the way that state government operates. For the first... Read More...
Sen. Ericksen: ‘Inslee’s tax-increase proposal is just plain wrong’ Following the governor’s announcement today that he is proposing new taxes totaling $1.4 billion in the next two years, including tax increases on businesses, oil refineries, beer and bottled-water drinkers and out-of-state shoppers,  Sen. Doug Ericksen, GOP-Ferndale, released this statement: “If you are going to promise not to raise taxes... Read More...