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Legislators Reach Deal on Capital Budget & Hirst

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The State Legislature finally approved Washington’s 2017-18 capital budget Thursday night, sending the $4.2 billion construction spending plan for major projects to the governor. The impasse was broken when Democrat and Republican negotiators reached an agreement on a Hirst “fix” to address the 2016 state Supreme Court ruling on rural…

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Olympia Update: Week 2

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Week 2 was another busy one in Olympia: over 1,000 new bills have been added to the hundreds still alive from 2017 and committee and floor votes are happening quickly. This year is a short session, which means that we are already halfway to the first calendar cutoff where a…

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Rep. Dave Reichert Bows Out

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican, announced that he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term (December 2018). Reichert is serving his seventh term in Congress representing the 8th Congressional District, which includes Auburn, Enumclaw, Ellensburg and Wenatchee. A moderate Republican, Reichert faced a difficult political…

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Congressional Meetings

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During the August Congressional recess, AIA|WA members met with members of Washington’s Congressional delegation to relay asks from AIA National and discuss other issues of interest. Members met with Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2), Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6), and staff from the offices of Rep. Jaime Herrera…

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