A message on behalf of Senator Hill’s Family Friends, At the request of Senator Hill’s family, it is with deep sorrow that I am writing to inform you that our friend and colleague has passed. On Monday afternoon surrounded by the love of his family, Andy lost his final battle with lung cancer. Andy was an extraordinary public... Read More...
Mini-Windows: All-Day Kindergarten for All An interim series aimed at highlighting lesser known Majority Coalition Caucus-led budget accomplishments in the 2015 & 2016 sessions. This fall, a year ahead of schedule, every kindergartner will be able to attend full-day kindergarten. A. Voluntary all-day kindergarten will be offered in every school beginning this fall In only... Read More...
Mini-Windows: Largest K-12 Construction Investment in History An interim series aimed at highlighting lesser known Majority Coalition Caucus-led budget accomplishments in the 2015 & 2016 sessions. The Legislature invested nearly $1 billion in K-12 school construction this biennia, an all-time record. A.   Largest Single Investment in State History The nearly $1 billion investment is almost double the... Read More...
Mini-Windows: Addressing a Steep Rise in Elder Abuse An interim series aimed at highlighting lesser known Majority Coalition Caucus-led budget accomplishments in the 2015 & 2016 sessions. An alarming and largely unreported trend in recent years has been a steep rise of vulnerable adults being abused in our state. The current budget adds significant staff to stem, and... Read More...
Mini-Windows: Decreasing the Number of Unemployed Veterans An interim series aimed at highlighting lesser known Majority Coalition Caucus-led budget accomplishments in the 2015 & 2016 sessions Washington is home to over 340,000 working-age veterans. Yet, according to the Census Bureau, our state has a higher veteran unemployment rate (6.3%) than the national average (5.4%).1 To improve this... Read More...
WSDOT prioritizes finger pointing over serving customers Following the announcement that thousands of drivers recently received late toll bills dating back up to one year, Sen Andy Hill said the Washington State Department of Transportation’s handling of the issue has been poor, but expected. What WSDOT is calling a computer error by its tolling contractor Electronic Transaction... Read More...
Governor’s aversion to reform at Western State Hospital puts more people at risk Following 2015’s increased investments in state psychiatric hospitals, problems became even worse. In response, Sen. Andy Hill sponsored a comprehensive set of policy reforms coinciding with this year’s additional investments for the troubled hospital. Gov. Inslee today signed the legislation into law, but vetoed four key sections including major policy... Read More...
Thanks for participating I’m tasked with representing our community in the Senate and I couldn’t do that without the thousands of you who contact me and take an active role in our government. Whether it be calling or emailing your opinions or concerns, attending town hall meetings, or staying updated by reading these... Read More...
2016 Session Comes to an End Earlier this week the Washington State Legislature adjourned after members of the Senate and House of Representatives reached a strong bipartisan agreement on an update to the state’s existing budget. I am pleased that the sustainable plan respects our four-year balanced budget requirement which has been one of the most... Read More...
Bipartisan budget agreement addresses mental health care and treatment With the Washington State Legislature completing work on an update to the state’s two-year budget on Tuesday, Sen. Andy Hill was pleased that the sustainable plan respects the state’s four-year balanced budget requirement and makes significant improvements in mental health treatment and care at Western State Hospital. “The final bipartisan... Read More...
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