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The state House majority party rejected an amendment to the transportation budget on Wednesday sponsored by Rep. Morgan Irwin, R-Enumclaw. The amendment was an effort to bring much needed relief to...

April 12, 2017

Rep. Morgan Irwin, R-Enumclaw, challenges the Sound Transit vehicle tab tax on KIRO with Dori Monson. Irwin describes how legislators are working to resolve this measure which is gouging taxpayers in...

April 6, 2017

We are running the final stretch in this 105-day session. The hurdle in front of us is passing balanced and sustainable operating, capital and transportation budgets for the 2017-19 biennium. Important...

March 31, 2017

We have roughly 30 days and counting left to get things done in this 105-day session. What's next at this stage of the game? Budgets. The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus (SMCC)...

March 24, 2017

If you are worried, confused or angry with Sound Transit 3 (ST3), please know you are not alone! I continue to hear your concerns about the impact the ST3 taxes are...

March 9, 2017

We are just about at the halfway mark of the 2017 legislative session. We have reached policy and fiscal cutoff. Our efforts now shift to voting on the House floor. There...

Feb. 24, 2017

This week we reached House policy cutoff. What this means is Friday, Feb. 17 is/was the final day for committees to consider bills introduced in the House. We will now shift our...

Feb. 17, 2017

How about a new holiday in Washington state? Not the kind of holiday most of us are accustomed too. This holiday would come in August and be directed towards our children...

Feb. 15, 2017

We have officially completed the first month of the 2017 legislative session. The pace is picking up. We have seen several rounds of bills come to the House floor for votes....

Feb. 10, 2017

It has been a big week around the Capitol campus. Two major focuses were education and public safety. Education We are hard at work finding the right solution to solve the...

Feb. 3, 2017