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Gov. Inslee signs budget into law

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee signs a new two-year budget into law yesterday, avoiding a government shutdown. The governor signed the the $33.6 billion operating budget just one day after the legislature adjourned for the year. Inslee says the budget “will allow the state of Washington to do good things in...
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Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for June

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The Washington State Legislature concluded its first special session Tuesday without reaching agreement on a state budget or a number of government reforms. The budget proposal passed by the Senate Saturday includes no new taxes and makes an unprecedented billion-dollar investment in K-12 education specifically in response to a court...
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Brown’s job-creating reform bills pass unanimously in Senate

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The state Senate today made it clear that helping private businesses create jobs in Washington remains a top priority, passing two comprehensive economic-development reform bills sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick. Senate Bill 5679 and Senate Bill 5718will help reduce the regulatory and clerical burdens faced by private business owners when interacting with state...
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Brown with KONA’s Ed Dawson on the budget

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Washington State’s 8th District Senator, Sharon Brown, talks with 610 AM KONA’s Ed Dawson about the Legislature finally reaching a budget deal that will prevent a government shutdown and allow lawmakers to end the second special session of 2013. Listen to the tape...
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