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Rep. Hunter reelected to chair House Appropriations Committee

December 11, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Rep. Hunter reelected to chair House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Ross Hunter of Medina will again head the key budget-writing efforts of the majority House Democrats in the 2015 Legislature, serving as chair of the Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for writing the two-year state operating budget, which pays for general government expenditures like teacher salaries, health care services, prison operations, and the higher education system. It also handles global fiscal issues such as pension policy as well as bills with significant fiscal impacts. “We have a … Continue reading

Major 520 Work in June

June 9, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Major 520 Work in June

The Eastside portion of the 520 project will reach a major milestone this summer – it’ll be mostly done by August/September. There will be punchlist work for some of the fall, but major disruptions should end. I know it’s been a bear of a project. Over the next few weeks you’ll see some major changes in traffic flow. I am sure it will be seriously aggravating. Closing the entire corridor for a year would have been worse. Letting it sink … Continue reading

Fail: Congress Working on Toxics Policy

June 5, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Fail: Congress Working on Toxics Policy

With the exception of education policy, there’s probably no other issue where states’ rights are paramount than when it comes to the health of its residents. Congress is currently considering a bill that would have devastating consequences to public health in Washington state if they don’t make major changes to the proposal. The federal Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), currently being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is an attempt to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. … Continue reading

New low-income healthcare clinic in Bellevue!

April 25, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

New low-income healthcare clinic in Bellevue!

I went to the opening of the new ICHS clinic in Crossroads yesterday. It’s exciting to have this kind of facility here – one that is focused on serving our low-income population that have signed up in droves for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. All these newly insured people have to have somewhere to go, and this kind of facility will deliver the kind of care that works – culturally and linguistically appropriate high-quality medical care. It’s on 140th … Continue reading

Peter Callaghan: Education bill’s unheralded details will need attention

March 28, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Peter Callaghan: Education bill’s unheralded details will need attention | Peter Callaghan | The News Tribune. Peter does a good job here exposing some of the hard work remaining in figuring out school funding details for 2015. He drills into a number of key issues: Local school levies being used for compensation. This is an unconstitutional shift of responsibility from the state to local taxpayers. Weird levy caps that treat different districts differently. Reliability issues with depending on local levies. … Continue reading

Sound Transit eastlink route animation

March 27, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Sound Transit eastlink route animation

I attended a Bellevue Downtown Association meeting last week where the following animation was presented, along with a great talk on what the downtown Bellevue light rail station will look like. The animation takes about 12 minutes, but really allows you to see where the train will go and how it will integrate into both Bellevue and Redmond. Must-See TV! http://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/East-Link-Extension/East-Link-Extension-document-archive/Video-East-Link-animation    

Follow-up from telephone town hall: Foster care and 520 bridge schedule

March 27, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Follow-up from telephone town hall: Foster care and 520 bridge schedule

Thanks for the 4000-5000 folks who listened to a segment of our telephone town hall last week. There were a lot of questions asked. If you have an extra hour and want to listen to the recording of the questions I answered here it is. I said I’d answer questions left on voice mail at the end, and we had the following two that we didn’t get to: 520 – When will Construction End? (Ever?) According to the WSDOT website, … Continue reading

2014 Supplemental Budget

March 17, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

The House and Senate introduced budgets about two weeks ago that were similar in some ways, but radically different in others. We negotiated and came to a bipartisan solution that pleases no one except our families who get us back home again. The votes were lopsided in favor – 85-13 in the House and 48-1 in the Senate. A budget must meet three constraints: It must balance in the current biennium. It must meet the “expenditure limit” introduced in initiative … Continue reading

Lawmakers pass 24-credit HS diploma; NCLB waiver bill dies

March 15, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Lawmakers pass 24-credit HS diploma; NCLB waiver bill dies

Lawmakers pass 24-credit HS diploma; NCLB waiver bill dies. The first in a series of notes on this year’s session. I can no longer write a summary of what happens during the actual session, particularly in short sessions where the budget negotiations take until the last !@#$%^&* minute. (I will be less testy about this in a week or so.) I have been working on the 24-credit graduation requirement bill for many years. It’s the foundation of our restructuring of … Continue reading

Use of “economic models” to mislead the public

March 4, 2014

Rep. Ross Hunter

Use of “economic models” to mislead the public

The Washington Policy Center, a right-leaning think tank, published a report today with a terrifying title: “Economic model shows Superintendent Dorn’s proposed tax increases would cost 18,500 jobs“. This is “truthy”, AN economic model did show this. Of course, THIS economic model ALWAYS shows job losses from proposed public policy proposals. Economic model shows Superintendent Dorn’s proposed tax increases would cost 18,500 jobs | Washington Policy Center Economic model shows Superintendent Dorn’s proposed tax increases would cost 18,500 jobs | … Continue reading

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Rep. Ross Hunter speaking with TVW on Opening Day.

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Early Start Act of 2014 news conference

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Rep. Hunter giving a budget update to city leaders at the Association of Washington Cities annual conference

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Rep. Hunter speaking to PTA members in the capitol rotunda.

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Rep. Ross Hunter and Drew Hansen on the House Floor

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Rep. Hunter celebrating #BlueFriday with Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Jim Moeller

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Rep. Hunter speaking with documentary film makers from South Korea

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About Ross
I’m proud to represent Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and a little bit of Issaquah in the Washington State House of Representatives.
I am chairman of the Appropriations Committee, responsible for crafting biennial budgets. I also chair the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.