Stories tagged: Andy Billig
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One
City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding
Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed
Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Washington Legislature plays beat the clock on historic budget, school changes
Record Washington budget and major change in public school policy come up for a vote Friday. Budget must pass and be signed by midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Fri., April 21, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
Washington Legislature likely to end regular session quietly Sunday, go into OT Monday
With a budget agreement far off, Legislature could go into an overtime session as early as Monday.
UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 9:55 a.m.
Can Washington Legislature finish budget in time? Doesn’t look likely
With 10 days left in the regular session, Democrats and Republicans seemed moving inexorably toward a budget impasse that will force them into overtime for the seventh time in eight …
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:36 p.m.
Dispute over tax vote stalling Washington 2017-19 budget talks
Argument over the conditions for the start of serious budget negotiations makes a special session increasingly likely.
Mon., March 6, 2017, 5:52 p.m.
Senate votes to move the Washington presidential primary to early March
Senate votes to move up Washington’s presidential primary to early March.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:16 p.m.
$30 billion in new taxes get theatrical GOP support in Washington Senate
In a bit of partisan theater, Senate Republicans vote yes on an estimated $30 billion in taxes that they really don’t support.
UPDATED: Sat., 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: Tue., 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.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017
Spin Control: Spin Control: Success in the Washington Senate requires counting to 25
In the Senate, 25 is the magic number.
Wed., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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.
Wed., 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.
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sat., 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. …
Thu., 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 …