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In a 97-1 vote Sunday, the Washington State Legislature approved the 2019-21 capital budget. Also known as the state's construction budget, the $4.9 billion spending plan makes key investments in mental...

April 29, 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

During Thursday's House and Senate Republican media availability, Rep. Norma Smith provided an update on how the Legislature is addressing the state's mental and behavioral health crisis.

April 19, 2019

During a one-hour town hall on CNN Wednesday night, Gov. Jay Inslee made the following remarks about the state's largest employer, Boeing: “Boeing should not have been able to threaten the...

April 11, 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

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

This Saturday, Rep. Dave Paul and I will be hosting town hall meetings in Coupeville and Stanwood. During the 90-minute meetings, we'll be providing an update on the 2019 session and...

March 19, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith invites 10th District residents to join her at two town hall meetings in Coupeville and Stanwood on Saturday, March 23.

March 15, 2019