Sen. Bailey’s E-newsletter – May 21, 2015 Update from Olympia Greetings Friends & Neighbors The 2015 special session is drawing to a close. Budget negotiators continue to hammer out differences between the House and Senate budgets. The Senate is committed to our no-new taxes budget that was passed during the regular session. Recent revenue forecasts strengthen the... Read More...
Bailey bill ensures Kelley won’t boost pension during his unpaid leave As state Auditor Troy Kelley takes time off to defend himself against accusations of lying, cheating and stealing, a bill sponsored by state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, ensures he won’t rack up credit toward a state pension. Her measure would block statewide elected officials who are under felony indictment... Read More...
More flexibility for State Patrol retirement plans becomes law Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation that would allow Washington State Patrol officers to purchase life annuity benefits as part of a menu of options from the retirement system was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in a formal ceremony last Saturday. Senate Bill 5210 was the result of Bailey’s work and recommendations... Read More...
Bailey helps service members save money on college Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1706 on Wednesday, the first day of the state Legislature’s 2015 special session. The new policy, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Bailey, will let Washington’s state-run colleges and universities waive various fees for qualifying military service members participating in the federal Department... Read More...
Senate resolution highlights Bailey work on veteran issues The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 8680 recognizing local companies’ efforts to boost veteran employment. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor signed on to the resolution as part of her work to support veterans across the state.  Community partners and companies from around the state gathered for a reception and recognition of... Read More...
Update from Olympia – April 23, 2015 Update from Olympia Greetings Friends & Neighbors There are only three days left in the 2015 legislative session and House Democrats are calling it quits before we meet our statutory deadline on April 26. They have failed to bring their proposed tax increases to a vote for their budget proposal... Read More...
3 days left: Budget countdown continues Today is the 102nd day of the 105-day legislative session. There are only 5 days left for the House Democrats to bring their proposed tax increases to a vote for their budget proposal that won’t balance without $1.5 billion in new taxes. The Senate passed a complete, no-new taxes budget.... Read More...
Senate approves capital budget investing in schools, jobs and future The state Senate approved a bipartisan capital-budget proposal today for 2015-17 which builds over 2,100 classrooms, devotes $60 million to local-government infrastructure projects statewide and invests in state parks and trails. The plan would fund the acquisition, construction and maintenance of capital assets across Washington – such as schools and... Read More...
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