The Chronicle: Our Views: Braun, Republicans Protect Constituents From Tax-Happy Dems

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Our Views: Braun, Republicans Protect Constituents From Tax-Happy Dems By The Chronicle Editorial Board              Jun 6, 2017 Democrats in Olympia have rarely found a problem they couldn’t solve by taking more of your money. In the years before Republicans took control of the Senate with the Majority Coalition Caucus, Democrats held control of both … Read More

The News Tribune: Ad says Republican plan would hurt schools. We fact-check the claims

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“False. While the Senate budget… the net change in funding under the GOP plan — even after factoring in decreases in local levy rates — is still an increase.” Ad says Republican plan would hurt schools. We fact-check the claims BY MELISSA SANTOS With rallies at the Capitol and ads on the radio, the statewide teachers union has been hammering Republicans’ … Read More

The Olympian: Governing requires a majority to act as one

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  Governing Requires a Majority to Act as One   BY SEN. JOHN BRAUN A simple but significant question that prevented a budget agreement during the Legislature’s 105-day regular session remains in the overtime that began April 24: No one really knows where the House of Representatives stands on raising taxes. In March, the Senate passed a new, balanced two-year … Read More

Seattle Times: McCleary fix? Senate GOP wants to change teacher pay, how schools are funded

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January 27, 2017 Washington state Senate Republicans on Friday released a broad education-funding plan that would change how K-12 teachers are paid and how schools are funded. The proposal is intended to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s education funding order known as the McCleary decision. OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans on Friday released a broad education-funding plan that would change how … Read More