Rodney Tom http://nwpr.org en Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election http://nwpr.org/post/wash-senate-majority-leader-tom-announces-he-won-t-run-re-election <p>One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:40:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 44380 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election Washington Senate Budget: More Money For Education, No 'Loophole' Closures http://nwpr.org/post/washington-senate-budget-more-money-education-no-loophole-closures <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/040313AJ_SenateBudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mostly Republican majority in the Washington state Senate has unveiled its budget proposal. It would put $1 billion more into basic education without raising taxes. The spending blueprint released Wednesday contrasts sharply with what Governor Jay Inslee proposed last week.<p>Like Governor Inslee, the Senate proposes to make a significant down payment on the Washington Supreme Court’s finding that the state isn’t adequately funding K-12 education. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 23:01:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 25332 at http://nwpr.org Washington Senate Budget: More Money For Education, No 'Loophole' Closures Washington Governor Urges Expansion Of Medicaid 'Quickly' http://nwpr.org/post/washington-governor-urges-expansion-medicaid-quickly <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/020613AJ_MedicaidExpansion_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. –Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants state lawmakers to move “quickly” to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. At a news conference Wednesday, the Democratic governor described expansion as a “no brainer” that will save the state money.<p>Inslee says Medicaid expansion will save the state of Washington $142 million over the next two years and lead to 250,000 more people insured. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:14:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 22347 at http://nwpr.org Washington Governor Urges Expansion Of Medicaid 'Quickly' Reform Vs. Funding: Battle Shaping Up In Washington Legislature http://nwpr.org/post/reform-vs-funding-battle-shaping-washington-legislature <p></p><p>One of the key battles shaping up in Olympia this year is over education reform. The Senate’s new majority coalition is proposing a series of measures aimed at getting better results in the classroom. Among the ideas: a state takeover of failing schools. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 01:50:57 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21762 at http://nwpr.org Reform Vs. Funding: Battle Shaping Up In Washington Legislature Democrats React Angrily To Power Grab In Wash. Senate http://nwpr.org/post/democrats-react-angrily-power-grab-wash-senate <p></p><p>Some Washington Democrats are reacting angrily to a power grab in the state Senate. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday they will seize the majority, but share power. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:08:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins 19603 at http://nwpr.org Democrats React Angrily To Power Grab In Wash. Senate New Wash. Senate Majority Will Not Promise $1B More For Schools http://nwpr.org/post/new-wash-senate-majority-will-not-promise-1b-more-schools <p></p><p>A big shake-up in the control of the Washington state Senate could have major implications for how lawmakers address funding for schools next year. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday it has just enough votes to depose the current Democratic majority. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:03:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 19602 at http://nwpr.org New Wash. Senate Majority Will Not Promise $1B More For Schools