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Last Friday in the House Finance Committee, the 9-4 Democrat majority voted to approve $4.5 billion in new tax increases. While a final operating budget has yet to be produced, many...

April 26, 2019

Last Friday in the House Finance Committee, the 9-4 Democrat majority voted to approve $4.5 billion in new tax increases. While a final operating budget has yet to be produced, many...

April 26, 2019

Since my last update, we've seen the introduction of the three major budgets we pass every biennium—operating, transportation and capital. The operating budget pays for the day-to-day operations of state government,...

April 10, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, joins KSER's Ed Bremer to discuss Republican amendments that were added to the 2019-2021 House operating budget proposal. Smith also discusses the bidding process for building new...

April 3, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, joins KSER's Ed Bremer to break down the 2019-21 House capital budget proposal. She discusses the collaborative and bipartisan effort it took to address the state's mental...

March 26, 2019

On Monday afternoon, the Washington State House of Representatives released its proposed 2019-21 capital budget. The $4.6 billion proposal includes record funding for mental and behavioral health facilities—more than $357 million:...

March 25, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, joins KSER's Ed Bremer to discuss two upcoming town halls, Wednesday's revenue forecast and the implications it has for the budget, a bill that will move Washington's...

March 20, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, joins Ed Bremer on KSER to discuss bills that survived policy cutoff, the need for responsible budgeting, the Democrats' proposed tax hikes, and an update on her...

Feb. 26, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith joins KSER's Ed Bremer to discuss policy cutoff week, the volume of bills that have been introduced this session, her consumer privacy legislation, and the work being done...

Feb. 19, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, joined KSER's Ed Bremer to discuss mental health reform, data privacy, accountable government, and more.

Jan. 22, 2019