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This year is a budget-development year. The constitution provides the Legislature 105 days in odd-numbered years like 2015 to develop operating, capital and transportation budgets. Each of the budgets covers a...

April 6, 2015

After the devastating Carlton Complex Fire that deeply affected the communities and economy of the Methow Valley, our Legislature is taking action to respond to our natural disaster, including providing funding...

Feb. 27, 2015

Greetings from Olympia! We are into the second month of the 105-day session here at the Capitol, and committees are busy holding public hearings on bills. Some of those bills will...

Feb. 20, 2015

This year's legislative session in Olympia has just begun. In an odd-numbered year like 2015, the state constitution provides 105 days for the Legislature to develop a two-year operating budget. Education...

Jan. 23, 2015

Last year, the Legislature invested an additional $1 billion for K-12 education without raising taxes as a part of its 2013-15 operating budget compromise. It was the first step toward meeting...

April 6, 2014

Rep. Brad Hawkins talks about options to fund K-12 education in this opinion editorial for The Wenatchee World.

March 26, 2014

It is good to be home in our beautiful 12th District after spending the last 60 days at our state Capitol during the legislative session. Many of those days in Olympia...

March 25, 2014

Wenatchee Business Journal: What were your goals, expectations and concerns going into this year's session? How did it turn out? HAWKINS: After last year's multiple special sessions, my goals and expectations...

March 18, 2014

Traveling our 12th District, orchards and fields are found as far as the eye can see. Tourists often enjoy a stop at fruit stands along the highways to pick up fresh...

Feb. 13, 2014

The 60-day legislative session in Olympia has passed its halfway point, and many proposals are moving forward. We're having important discussions about the budget, education, job creation and much more. Just...

Feb. 12, 2014