Hill budget paves the way for bipartisan compromise On the final day of the special legislative session, Sen. Andy Hill released an updated budget reaffirming the Senate’s original priorities of fully funding education and protecting the state’s most vulnerable citizens without raising taxes. The new proposal, which was approved by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, made additional... Read More...
State revenue more than enough to fund education, state budget Washington state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council today released its second quarter revenue forecast, which was moved ahead from June, showing an increase of $327 million in revenue for the 2015-17 biennium. Since session began in January the state has seen $1.1 billion of additional revenue and resources added to... Read More...
Recreation, community service boosted with Hill support OLYMPIA… The Senate passed its capital budget with significant investments in projects for Eastside King County with a focus on recreation and community services. Sen. Andy Hill advocated for the investments and supported the bipartisan plan. “This budget is an investment in our quality of life and our most vulnerable... Read More...
Senate budget fully funds education, cuts tuition without raising taxes Students, teachers and parents would see significant funding increases for the state’s public schools while in-state tuition would be reduced for the first time since at least the 1970’s without raising taxes under Senator Andy Hill’s budget proposal released Tuesday. “We crafted this budget  to prioritize education, protect our most... Read More...
New taxes not needed to fully fund education Following today’s release of the House of Representative’s new two-year operating budget proposal, Sen. Andy Hill, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee issued this statement: “The House’s reliance on volatile tax increases goes against the state’s paramount constitutional duty to fund education with a reliable and stable revenue... Read More...
Developmental disability advocates name Hill “Outstanding Legislator” OLYMPIA… Advocates for people with developmental disabilities converged on Olympia Wednesday to raise awareness and name Sen. Andy Hill as their Outstanding Legislator. The Community Employment Alliance presented the award to Hill at a rally in the Capitol rotunda, recognizing his groundbreaking work to help employ people with disabilities. “It’s... Read More...
Hill bill sets first-in-nation paraeducator standards OLYMPIA… Paraeducators in Washington would receive a career boost under a plan sponsored by Sen. Andy Hill, which passed in the Senate today. Paraeducators provide more than half of the instruction for special education students leading to a need to create standards as well as certification and endorsement processes to... Read More...
Hill plan to revamp tolling customer service passes Senate OLYMPIA… Washington drivers would experience improved customer service and a reduction in unnecessary fines after the Senate unanimously approved Sen. Andy Hill’s bill to revamp toll notification, customer service, address technology gaps and establish a one-time toll penalty amnesty program. “I’ve heard from many people in my community about the... Read More...
Senate approves increasing access to cultural programs OLYMPIA… Access to important cultural programs would increase under legislation sponsored by Sen. Andy Hill, which passed the Senate Wednesday evening. Under the plan local governments would be able to seek public funding to support offerings including children’s museums, science centers, fine art, zoos, aquariums, theaters, art museums and performing... Read More...
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