Read Sen. Walsh’s 2018 session report 16th District lawmakers offer summary of 2018 legislative session After a session of major accomplishments and missed opportunities, the challenge is keeping the state on the right track. The 2018 Legislature protected rural wells, blocked major tax increases and approved important projects for the 16th Legislative District. But responsible budgeting... Read More...
Final budgets launch projects for 16th District, state OLYMPIA – Budgets approved in the final hours of the 2018 legislative session boost important projects in the 16th Legislative District, including a building renovation at Walla Walla Community College and an irrigation project in the Horse Heaven Hills. Other appropriations in the state public-works budget expand on projects that... Read More...
16th District lawmakers wrap up the 2018 legislative session The following op-ed appeared in the Prosser Record Bulletin and the Dayton Chronicle during the week of March 12. By Sen. Maureen Walsh, Rep. Terry Nealey, and Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser One thing we can always count on, in good times and bad, there will always be pressure on the... Read More...
Property taxes a major issue as Legislature enters final days The following op-ed appeared in the Dayton Chronicle and Prosser Record-Bulletin during the week of March 5. Note: After this op-ed was published, the Legislature ultimately approved a plan that offered a partial property tax reduction — about $400 million — but does not apply until 2019, after the temporary... Read More...
Low-carbon fuel standards pose another threat to fuel prices By Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla Note: The following op-ed appeared in the Dayton Chronicle and Prosser Record-Bulletin during the week of Feb. 12. During last week’s telephone town hall in the 16th Legislative District, we heard from a number of individuals concerned about the governor’s proposed gas tax increase... Read More...
At long last, a resolution to the rural-well crisis The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Maureen Walsh’s subscribers Jan. 25, 2018. To subscribe to Sen. Walsh’s Report From Olympia, click here. Legislature’s solution allows well-drilling to resume, prevents collapse of rural land values Dear friends and neighbors, Sometimes it seems the Legislature moves at a glacial pace, but... Read More...
Lawmakers approve water deal, public-works budget State capital budget funds Pasco Early Learning Center, College Place water, and other local public-works projects OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers reached agreement Thursday on a bill that will permit rural property owners to resume drilling household wells, ending a year-long impasse that had delayed approval of the Legislature’s $4 billion... Read More...
Walsh page-scholarship bill signed by governor Walsh page-scholarship bill signed by governor Walsh inmate education, welfare job-training bills also enacted OLYMPIA – A bill creating a page scholarship program in memory of Walla Walla native Gina Grant Bull was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday. Senate Bill 5346, sponsored by Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla... Read More...
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