Rep. Larry Springer
Having a 21st century transportation system benefits everyone in Washington. I know it, and the people of Washington know it. I’ve heard repeatedly from moms, dads, workers, students, senior citizens and business owners who rely on our transportation system and want the legislature to pass a revenue package that keeps our communities connected and our businesses flourishing. I want the same thing. Five months ago the House passed a $10 billion transportation revenue package, funded mainly through a 10.5 cent … Continue reading
Washington House Democrats
Ever wonder how our state knows which programs are saving taxpayers money and which ones are ineffective? How we know whether domestic violence offender treatment works or if smaller class sizes really do make a difference in student performance? We have all of these important facts at our fingertips thanks to the Washington State Institute of Public Policy (WSIPP). And this week, Representative Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, and Representative Larry Springer, D-Kirkland were appointed to the Washington State Institute of Public … Continue reading
Reps. Roger Goodman & Larry Springer
Last Wednesday, Representatives Larry Springer and Roger Goodman hosted a special session telephone town hall for their constituents. For an hour, the 45th District Legislators heard from many constituents on a wide variety of issues: gas taxes, education funding, state spending, higher education, state parks and much more. Click here if you would like to listen to a replay of Rep. Springer’s and Rep. Goodman’s telephone town hall.
But a little history first. The Legislature finished on time without a special session in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and even 2009 at the beginning of the worst budget crisis in state history. As the global economic crisis deepened we had special sessions in 2010, 2011, and 2012 during which we cut our budget by more than $12 billion. Those cuts hurt. They hurt seniors, put college tuition out of reach for middle class families, cut funding for … Continue reading
Rep. Larry Springer
Urban legends abound about any number of things, like the idea there is more nutritional value in the wrapper then there actually is in the Twinkie it wrapped. While that myth is an amusing relic of our folklore, myths about taxes have real consequences that are not necessarily in the best interests of the residents of Washington State. We continually hear the mantra that taxes are too high and that because we have $2 billion more for this budget than … Continue reading
2013 Session Update
May 30 – In Rep. Springer’s special session update he discusses the history and importance of the voter approved estate tax in Washington. The House will take up that bill today, and with it ensure that estate taxes are applied evenly to all. It will also put much needed revenue into education. Rep. Springer also talks about the ongoing budget negotiations.