Early revenue forecast opens budget process The state’s chief economist released first quarter tax revenue projections today one month earlier than normal after Sen. Andy Hill successfully moved it forward to give budget writers additional time to complete a new state budget. The forecast, adopted by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council which is chaired by... Read More...
OLYMPIA UPDATE: Busy Week Friends, This has been another busy but productive week in Olympia. Friday is the deadline for bills to pass out of policy committees that address each issue area, so everyone is hurrying to get their bills heard and passed. Next Friday is the deadline for bills that cost the state... Read More...
Olympia Update: Roads, Trails, and Cultural Opportunities Friends, We are nearing the end of the fourth week of the legislative session and I’m already seeing some positive progress on a few fronts. In this Olympia Update, I thought I’d share a few things you should know about and, as always, invite your thoughts and feedback. Fixing the... Read More...
Hill pushes WSDOT to improve tolling customer service Since the state began tolling State Route 520 in late 2011, countless stories surfaced about drivers that received substantial fines for unpaid tolls, that in many cases they did not receive a bill for. A proposal by Sen. Andy Hill provides solutions for the Washington State Department of Transportation to... Read More...
Senate passes bipartisan plan to get budget done on time The Washington State Senate today unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Sen. Andy Hill to accelerate the budget-writing process by getting the state’s quarterly revenue forecast one month earlier. “Citizens have been clear that they want legislators to work together in a bipartisan manner and finish our work on time,”... Read More...
Olympia Update: Back to Olympia Back to work in Olympia Hello and welcome to the 2015 Legislative Session! I had to take a hiatus from legislative communication due to election-year restrictions, but I’m back and ready to work on crafting another balanced, sustainable budget that makes the best use of your tax dollars. If you’re interested... Read More...
Hill continues effort to get budget done on time As chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee Sen. Andy Hill knows the importance of having adequate time to work with his colleagues in the House of Representatives and the governor on a final budget. In response Hill has reintroduced a plan he previously offered in 2013 and 2014... Read More...
Windows Into the Budget – 2015 Budget Preview: The Deficit Myth “Windows into the Budget” is a series designed to inform and engage the public about critical budget issues in Olympia. It is intended to be objective, factual, and hopefully bring clarity to complicated public policy. There is a myth, propagated by the Governor and others, that Washington faces a massive... Read More...
Sen. Hill’s response to governor’s proposed tax increase Sen. Andy Hill issued the following statement in response to the release of the governor’s 2015 budget proposal. “The governor’s contribution to the upcoming budget process features a massive tax increase on residents and small businesses. Investing in student achievement and providing essential services should not depend on risky tax schemes... Read More...
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