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The 2015 session lasted much longer than anticipated – a record 176 days – but a number of good things came of this extended session. We passed a new, balanced, bipartisan...

July 18, 2015

A pay raise for caregivers of people with developmentally disabled was rejected today by Democrats who hold the majority in the state House of Representatives.

Feb. 14, 2014

State lawmakers voted Friday to approve a two-year $33.5 billion state operating budget and sent it to the governor for his signature. The budget document comes just in time to begin...

June 29, 2013

Some things are worth fighting for, even if it means a special sessionBy Rep. Terry Nealey, Rep. Maureen Walsh and Sen. Mike Hewitt After being in a regular session for 105...

May 2, 2013

The people have stated five times in the last 20 years with the initiative process that they want the Legislature to have a high bar to raise taxes. Rep. Walsh shares...

March 15, 2013

By Rep. Maureen Walsh For the Prosser Record-Bulletin As the Legislature tackles a $900 million shortfall, constituents ask me, “How will you balance the budget?” My typical response is “responsibly.” In...

Feb. 9, 2013

  Today House Republicans in Olympia introduced their proposal for a balanced budget without a sales tax increase. The proposal would reduce government spending by $840 million while leaving $651 million...

Feb. 17, 2012

As the House majority operating budget is being publicly reviewed, Reps. Norma Smith and Maureen Walsh are deeply troubled with the proposed cuts to the developmentally disabled (DD) community. Money to...

April 6, 2011

The House of Representatives voted late Friday night, 55-43, to approve a supplemental operating budget measure that relies on nearly $1 billion of tax and fee increases, as well as anticipated...

March 6, 2010

Dear editor, Several days ago, a letter appeared in the Union-Bulletin from a constituent concerned about House Bill 2962. She believed the measure would allow the government to automatically take tax...

March 2, 2010