Bailey unanimously elected to Senate leadership team Sen. Barbara Bailey has been elected to the Senate majority’s senior leadership team ahead of beginning her second Senate term in January. Members of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus met Tuesday to select their top leaders for the next two years and tapped Bailey to serve as majority whip, the... Read More...
Mount Vernon School District receives K-3 class-size reduction grant The Superintendent of Public Instruction recently announced 21 grant recipients for class-size reduction funds available as a result of legislation supported by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor. Mount Vernon School District is slated to receive more than $8 million to expand classroom space and is planning to build two new elementary... 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...
Sen. Bailey’s E-newsletter – April 27, 2016 Legislative Update April 27, 2016 Governor’s veto leaves $200 million hole in the supplemental budget The governor finally signed the 2016 supplemental budget. Unfortunately, much of the hard work by our Senate majority to restrain government spending and realign our priorities were undermined when the governor vetoed over $200 million... Read More...
Bailey’s work on state pensions highlights fiscal responsibility New report shows $3.4 trillion hole in public pensions nation-wide Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, has served on the state’s Select Committee on Pension Policy for over a decade. In that time Bailey has worked to ensure the health of the state’s pension systems. Those efforts have paid dividends, especially... Read More...
Sen. Bailey’s E-newsletter – April 11, 2016 Olympia Update April 11, 2016 Greetings from Olympia! The Legislature finally adjourned after reaching consensus on a truly supplemental budget that meets needs of our state and makes necessary adjustments to the two-year budget we approved in 2015. I am excited  to get back in district to reconnect with you.... Read More...
Bailey water-storage and family-caregiver planning bills become law After the conclusion of a 20-day special session, two bills sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R- Oak Harbor, were signed in a formal ceremony Friday morning. Senate Bill 6589, which was approved near-unanimously, directs state agencies in charge of water management to study the feasibility of water storage to recharge the Skagit... Read More...
Bailey bill expanding employee-savings becomes law Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation to help more public employees save for retirement was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in a formal ceremony this past Thursday morning. The law created by Senate Bill 5435 will require new, full-time state employees hired after Jan. 1, 2017, to be automatically enrolled in the... Read More...
Supplemental budget garners Bailey’s support Late Tuesday evening the Legislature approved a supplemental budget after negotiations dragged on into a special session. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, voted in favor of the bipartisan proposal that makes minor adjustments to the state’s two-year operating budget approved last year. “I am pleased that we have reached a... Read More...
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