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...
Sen. Bailey’s E-newsletter – March 15, 2016 Olympia Update March 15, 2016 Greetings from Olympia, The 2016 regular session ended this past Thursday without a final budget agreement, so the governor called an immediate 30-day special session. While it is unfortunate that our budget negotiators were not able to reach a deal in time, the actions of... 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 bill to support family caregivers clears Legislature The state Senate today endorsed minor changes made by the House of Representatives to Sen. Barbara Bailey’s effort to increase hospitals’ support of family caregivers. Senate Bill 6327, known as the CARE Act, seeks to help people who care for loved ones after they leave the hospital or other care... Read More...
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