Unfinished Business End of Session Update July 25, 2017 Greetings from Olympia, The Legislature’s third special session ended this past Thursday without resolution on some very important issues. While our Senate majority was ready to work toward bipartisan agreement on the remaining budget for 2017-19 (the capital budget, which funds public construction... Read More...
End of Session Update July 1, 2017 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature has reached an historic budget agreement that puts students first. For the first time in over 30 years over 50 percent of the state’s budget (which will be nearly $44 billion for 2017-19) will go toward meeting our state’s obligation to... Read More...
Bailey supports budget with historic education investments Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor today voted in support of the 2017-19 operating budget that was approved by 39-10 in the Senate and 70-23 in the House of Representatives. Bailey, who serves as the Majority Coalition Caucus Whip, offered the following statement. “Since the Majority Coalition Caucus began governing in... Read More...
AARP ranks Washington best for support of seniors, disabled adults Sen. Barbara Bailey, co-chair of a legislative committee on aging and disability, said she is pleased that a recent report by AARP names Washington as the best state when it comes to addressing the care of seniors and adults with disabilities. Standards for the ranking included Washington’s affordability and access... Read More...
Spin Control – What you may not be hearing about our education plan Special Session Update June 9, 2017 Greetings Friends and Neighbors! During this second special session of the Legislature, budget negotiators are still working together to find common ground on funding the real priorities of state government, and prioritize investments in our state’s K-12 system. I have been busy visiting schools in... Read More...
Tacoma News Tribune fact-checks the WEA ads Ad says Republican plan would hurt schools. We fact-check the claims BY MELISSA SANTOS msantos@thenewstribune.com   With rallies at the Capitol and ads on the radio, the statewide teachers union has been hammering Republicans’ plan to fix how Washington pays for public schools. But the union’s latest one-minute radio spot... Read More...
Education Feedback Special Session Update May 24, 2017 Greetings Friends and Neighbors! While budget negotiators are working at the Capitol to finalize our state’s new two-year operating budget, I have been connecting with leaders in our community. Recently, the chair of the Senate education committee and I met with school superintendents from... Read More...
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