Stories tagged: Andy Billig
UPDATED: SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 10:34 P.M.
State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say
A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 10:16 P.M.
Washington Senate could vote on major school changes this week
Republicans push their proposed overhaul of public school funding and policies toward a vote in the full Senate.
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017
Spin Control: Spin Control: Success in the Washington Senate requires counting to 25
In the Senate, 25 is the magic number.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 4:47 P.M.
Bill would let Spokane officials order railroads to go slower through downtown area
City or state officials could require slower rail speeds through downtown Spokane under a bill introduced Wednesday.
TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2016, 5:25 P.M.
Washington school salaries hard to compare
Comparing pay for teachers and other public school employees around Washington is difficult, experts tell lawmakers as the Legislature tries to figure out how much the state must spend to …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 8 A.M.
Spokane lawmakers could be in strong positions in 2017 Legislature
Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016, 9:41 P.M.
Incumbents, Republican Mike Volz preferred by voters in state legislative contests
Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated …
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016
Fear and loathing as local Democrats watch Trump take battleground states
As a sea of red states blipped onto three giant projector screens, the crowded ballroom of Spokane’s Lincoln Center became a sea of grimacing faces.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2016
In race for central Spokane senate seat, incumbent Andy Billig faces Libertarian James Apker in friendly contest
There can be a lot of vitriol in American politics, but a race for a seat in the Washington State Senate has been amicable, mostly. “It’s refreshing that we have …
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 4:18 P.M.
Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee
A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 12:02 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Washington Legislature is OK with political dark money
Another year, another death for Andy Billig’s attempt to shine more light on dark money in state politics. This year, instead of a proposal that drew support in both houses …
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016, 5:44 P.M.
Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix
The Senate approved a bill to set up a task force that would come up with a plan next year to meet court mandated obligations to public schools.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2016, 2:34 P.M.
Senate approves bill to pay for charter schools with lottery money
Senate Republicans moved to keep charter schools open with Lottery money in an effort to find a system that would pass muster with the Supreme Court.
FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2015
State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding
OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015
Senate OKs delaying I-1351
OLYMPIA – With no votes to spare, the Senate on Thursday mustered the super-majority needed to suspend parts of the citizen initiative requiring smaller class sizes. With that vote and …
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015
Washington’s budget likely to go down to wire
OLYMPIA – With the clock ticking down to a partial state government shutdown, several options emerged Thursday that would “keep the lights on and the parks open,” as the Senate’s …
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015
Spokane teachers approve May 27 strike
Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to have a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest a lack of state funding for schools. More than 65 percent of …
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015
Spokane City Council approves buying land for bridge
Supporters call it iconic and necessary, detractors use terms unfit for print, but the University District bicycle and pedestrian bridge inched closer to construction Monday as the Spokane City Council …
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015
Campaign finance bill dies in Senate
OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the …
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015
Competing plans on how to fix school taxes get airing
OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. …
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015
WSU medical school in Spokane gets Senate OK
OLYMPIA – Washington State University should soon have the authority to start a new medical school on its Spokane campus. The question now is, will it have the money to …
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
Washington Senate passes disclosure bill aimed at nonprofits
OLYMPIA – Many nonprofit organizations that give $25,000 or more to political campaigns in Washington would have to disclose their largest donors, under a bill the Senate passed unanimously on …
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015
Spokane woman to be honored for role in WWII Dutch Resistance
A Spokane great-grandmother will be honored in Olympia next week for her work as a teenage Dutch Resistance operative during World War II. Carla Olman Peperzak, 91, helped hide approximately …
FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015
‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says
OLYMPIA – Six months after Sheena Henderson was shot and killed by her estranged husband at Deaconess Hospital, her father is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that he …
TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2015
GOP rule makes passage of new taxes tougher
OLYMPIA – Any new tax in Washington will require support from at least two-thirds of the Senate under a rule change Republicans pushed through the chamber in the early hours …
THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014
Inslee carbon tax plan would help complete North Spokane freeway
SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014, 8:25 P.M.
Inslee’s proposed carbon tax would extend North Spokane freeway
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.
TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014
AG’s office: No consent needed for body cameras
The cameras that will soon be worn by all Spokane police officers on patrol may continue rolling without consent in most cases, the Washington attorney general’s office announced Monday. Most …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014
Cops, cameras a gray area
Spokane police officers wearing body cameras as part of the department’s pilot program will stop recording in private residences if asked by the home’s occupant, police Chief Frank Straub said …
FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2014
Shedding light on dark money a struggle in Rodney Tom’s world
However things go in Olympia this session, no one can say the leaders of the Senate haven’t contributed something to the state. They stood up for secrecy in big-money politics.