Category Archives: Steve Tharinger

Legislative Update-Special Session Edition

The Special Session Begins   We started the special session this week with actually a fair amount of work getting done.  The major discussion around the biennial budget is still slow with not much progress but things are happening around the edges on marijuana revenue, nursing home rates and transportation. Yesterday, we had a robust presentation in the House Appropriations Committee on local and state school levy adjustments that was bicameral and bipartisan.  I would encourage you to watch the … Continue reading

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Long-term care and health focus of final legislation passage for Rep. Tharinger

OLYMPIA – Focusing on improving health care access and long term care planning for our aging generation, Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, sponsored legislation that addresses the health care system in our state. “Washington state is a leader in developing programs to let people age in place,” said Rep. Tharinger. “We need to address the issues around our aging population head on. Otherwise we’re going to have some very serious, long-term problems that are going to cost the state a lot … Continue reading

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Legislative Update — April Edition

The Budgets Are Out!   I have had very busy week in the Appropriations and Finance committees, both which I serve on, considering bills that affect our state budget.  I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on how the House and Senate budgets compare with each other. Sustainable responsible budget vs. one-time transfers and budget tricks   We have come a long way since the deep cuts the legislature made during the Great Recession. And we have a … Continue reading

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Listen to the 24th District Telephone Town Hall!

Below you’ll find a recording of the 24th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall from Monday, March 23, with Reps. Tharinger and Van De Wege.

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Legislative Update – March Edition

Legislative Update-March Edition: Part Two! House of Origin Deadline The House of Origin deadline ended on March 11th.  All House legislation must pass to the Senate in order to remain an active bill.  Once the House bills are in the Senate, the bill process starts all over again.  Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss other legislative updates with you. The Equal Pay Opportunity Act Passes the House! For years, reports and studies have told us … Continue reading

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