Sheldon reduces his salaries as senator and county commissioner OLYMPIA — With the Legislature having reduced wages for public employees across the state in order to balance the budget, Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlach, has decided to voluntarily reduce his senatorial salary to the same extent. “In these difficult times, we’re asking everyone to sacrifice,” Sheldon said. “It’s only right... Read More...
Sheldon declines to send print newsletter, cites budget concerns OLYMPIA — Having closed a $5 billion deficit this year and still facing a recession weary economy, some members of the Legislature are getting creative in their hunt for new ways to conserve taxpayer dollars. Every year, most members of the Legislature mail newsletters to their constituents at a moderate... Read More...
Sheldon disappointed by approval of SB 5942  Senator Tim Sheldon, D-Potlach, released the following statement subsequent to Governor Chris Gregoire’s approval of SB 5942: “I am deeply disappointed by the Governor’s decision to sign Senate Bill 5942 and to retain the emergency clause therein. “As drafted, the proposal provides little opportunity for a positive return to the... Read More...
Sheldon urges governor to veto liquor proposal From full privatization to leasing out individual functions, the legislature has seen no dearth of liquor reform proposals this year. One measure that would require to Office of Financial Management to develop and issue a request for proposals to replace the state’s existing system for liquor distribution, Senate Bill 5942,... Read More...
Sheldon reflects on 2011 legislative session  With the swing of a gavel, President of the Senate Brad Owen and House Speaker Frank Chopp adjourned sine die the special session of the 2011 Legislature. The long-anticipated event was made possible by recent breakthroughs between parties and chambers just days ago. Among the largest hang-up was the Operating... Read More...
Senate makes historic change to its own rules  Today, the state Senate ended a 96-year-old requirement that amendments to the operating budget offered on the Senate floor receive a supermajority in order to pass. “This is the most significant change the Senate has made to its own rules in 90-plus years,” said Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, chair of... Read More...
Sheldon disagrees with governor’s ferry proposal  “Our ferries are part of our state highway system, just like roads, rail and transit. “Isolating the needs in our ferry system and creating another layer of government to address them is not the solution. Users of ferries already pay into the highway system just like everybody else when they... Read More...
Election year restrictions take effect In accordance with RCW 42.52.180, which governs the use of state resources by lawmakers who are campaigning for the 2010 ballot, nothing can be posted on or deleted from this page from June 30 through Nov. 3. The lack of more recent activity does not mean Sen. Sheldon has been... Read More...
Sheldon touts transportation budget’s impact on 35th District  Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, is pleased with the benefit the Senate’s transportation budget will have on the 35th District and the state as a whole. “This was truly a bipartisan effort,” Sheldon said. “We had productive input from all sides, and when that is the case, the people of Washington... Read More...
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