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What do our tax dollars pay for?

This week House Democrats are working together to propose a budget for the 2015-17 biennium. You’ve heard us say before that we’ll need new revenue this year if we want to continue to fund the services and programs our communities rely on. Extremists like Tim Eyman would have you believe that our state government is overspending, that there is no budget problem and we can fund our schools and everything else by just making cuts to excessive government spending. This … Continue reading

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Keeping dangerous chemicals out of our water

OLYMPIA – With a strong bipartisan vote of 63-35, the House of Representatives passed a bill today to improve the way we prevent water pollution. HB 1472 would help remove dangerous chemicals from everyday products and focus on finding safer alternatives.   “Removing potentially hazardous chemicals out of the metaphorical pipeline earlier in the process is cheaper for businesses and local governments who are tasked with cleaning up water before it is discharged in to public waterways,” said the bill’s … Continue reading

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Peterson bill to protect honeybees flies through House

OLYMPIA – Today 67 members of the House of Representatives swarmed to support Rep. Strom Peterson’s (D – Edmonds) bill to protect honeybee colonies and preserve pollen-rich food sources. House Bill 1654, which passed on a 67-31 bipartisan vote, would direct the state noxious weed control board to conduct a pilot project to replace invasive weed species with native, high-pollen producing plants. “Noxious and invasive weeds are a problem we need to eradicate, but removing these high-pollen producing weeds has an … Continue reading

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Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on HB 1449: The Oil Transportation Safety Act

“I was disappointed, but unsurprised at the news out of West Virginia yesterday. At this point, with derailments almost weekly, and the sheer amount of crude being brought into some of Washington’s most populous communities by rail, we simply need to know more about what is coming through our back yards. We must do all we can to prevent these kinds of disasters. “Today’s passage of the Oil Transportation Safety Act out of the House Environment Committee is a positive … Continue reading

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Rep. Springer returns from legislative fact finding trip to UK

Legislators travel to discuss energy, natural resource & environmental policy issues OLYMPIA – Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, a long-time small business owner and leader in the House Democratic Caucus on business issues, was selected as one of three state legislators invited by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office on Energy and Environment to participate in a public policy conference. “I am honored to have been chosen to represent Washington state,” Springer said. “Our relationship with businesses, especially those overseas, will help … Continue reading

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