Rep. Pat Sullivan

House budget fully funds basic education

March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their 2015-17 operating budget plan on Friday – a budget that will add $3.2 billion in additional K-12 investments over the next two years compared to the 2013-15 budget. The HDC proposal is the first budget proposal on the table that puts the state in full compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, which mandates the state adequately fund basic education by 2018. “After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have … Continue reading

Distaste for Debate is Ominous Message from Senate

March 16, 2015

Rep. Pat Sullivan

Distaste for Debate is Ominous Message from Senate

Things move a bit more quickly in the House of Representatives than in the Senate. We have twice as many members, we usually have more bills to consider, and we definitely have as many points of view as we have legislators. As the House majority, Democrats incorporate the views, and bills, of all members, including Republicans. Which is why we find it curious when Senate Republican leadership talks about “squelching debate” in the House.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan statement on Senate passage of a transportation package

March 2, 2015

Rep. Pat Sullivan

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan statement on Senate passage of a transportation package

“Transportation funding is important, and I’m encouraged the Senate has sent the House a transportation package and revenue proposal. There are positive pieces in the package, but unfortunately, the bad greatly outweighs the good. “Had Senate Republicans agreed to a “clean” package focusing on transportation and investment in our state’s infrastructure, we would be in a much better position to come to agreement. We now have a lot of work to do make this a true transportation package, not a … Continue reading

Surplus or deficit: Which is it?

February 25, 2015

Rep. Pat Sullivan

Surplus or deficit: Which is it?

You don’t need an advanced math degree to understand basic budget principles. Even though our state budget is 487 pages and takes several months to produce, the budget itself is not a complex tool. It is essentially a plan of allocating funds for anticipated expenses based on projected revenues. The end result of our budget, like most budgets, falls into one of three categories: Surplus – Our expected revenue collections are higher than our planned expenses. Deficit – Our expected … Continue reading

Sullivan bill helps local schools match learning activities to communities

January 28, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Sullivan bill helps local schools match learning activities to communities

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) introduced a bill today to help bring additional education opportunities to underserved areas and students. HB 1795 would give more flexibility to the process that allows schools to use a portion of Learning Assistance Program (LAP) money to contract with community organizations to provide after-school and summer education programs. It would also require that parents be involved in the service provided. Currently, the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office must approve such contracts. Sullivan’s bill … Continue reading

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