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Unprecedented investment for schools in Senate capital budget The Senate released a bipartisan capital-budget plan Tuesday that would dedicate a record $1.1 billion toward school construction. Senate Bill 5086 appropriates $2.53 billion in bonds and $1.46 billion in cash for the 2017-19 biennium and the 2017 supplemental budget. The funding proposal would leave $41 million of bond capacity... Read More...
How the Education Equality Act would effect our district The Senate Majority passed our two-year budget proposal that included a significant reform to how our state funds basic education. Part of the McCleary court case centered on stable and equitable funding for our state’s schools. The budget included the Education Equality Act, that was approved in the Senate on... Read More...
Bailey legislation continues drive for lower student debt Former chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor is still working to help students avoid or reduce college-related debt as the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus Whip. The leader of the Senate majority’s successful 2015 drive to create the tuition-cutting College Affordability Program has already won... Read More...
Join me for my upcoming Coffee Talks I have finalized a schedule for Coffee Talks around the district. Please join me for an informal conversation about how we can work together to improve our community and state.   Monday, June 6 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.        Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 Laconner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon 1:30 p.m. – 2:30... Read More...
Bailey’s water storage-feasibility bill adopted by Legislature Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation to address water issues in the Skagit Valley was approved unanimously by the state House of Representatives and now moves to the Governor’s desk. Senate Bill 6589 directs state agencies in charge of water management to work with local partners to study the feasibility of water... Read More...
Bailey’s water storage-feasibility bill approved by Senate The state Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, to address water issues in the Skagit Valley. Senate Bill 6589 would direct state agencies in charge of water management to study the feasibility of water storage to recharge the Skagit River basin so that users of... Read More...
Committee approves Bailey’s water storage-feasibility bill The Skagit Valley is no stranger to long-term water-related issues, prompting Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor to introduce legislation aimed at finding a long-term solution to the region’s water challenges. Senate Bill 6589 would direct state agencies in charge of water management to study the feasibility of water storage to... Read More...
Bailey legislation course corrects flaws in state pension laws Late in the 2015 legislative session serious flaws in the state’s pension laws came to light. The loophole allowed public employees to receive their state funded pension even if they committed a crime in the course of their public duties. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, who previously served as chair... Read More...
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