The Current | Feb. 8, 2013

The Current

Your citizen Legislature • Washington House Republicans • Feb. 8, 2013

Rep. J.T. Wilcox House Floor

Letter from Leadership

As House Republican Floor Leader, my job includes guiding my colleagues into debate on important issues.

Last Friday, we brought a debate on tax protections, education funding and ensuring you have a stronger voice in the legislative process to the House floor. We were proud to stand up for struggling families, schools and those who want to make a difference in Olympia.

To watch some highlights of this debate, click here. You can also find an opinion piece one of my colleagues, Rep. Dan Kristiansen, wrote on it here.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend. We will be in touch again next week.

Rep. J.T. Wilcox 
2nd District
Floor Leader 

Rep. Brad Hawkins, Fund Education First

Rep. Brad Hawkins (left) is new to the Washington State House of Representatives, but he's not new to the issue of K-12 education. Hear why the former East Wenatchee School Board president supports our Fund Education First solution by clicking here

Past editions of The Current

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News from the other Washington

"Education reform remains popular among voters. So how did the Democratic party in Washington state give away leadership to its political rivals on such a vital policy issue?"

- Peter Callaghan
The News Tribune
Feb. 3, 2013
Peter's story is here.

Rep. Joe Schmick and NFIB

Creating and preserving jobs   

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, receives the “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). NFIB State Director Patrick Conner presented Schmick the award on Jan. 30. To learn more, click here.

The week ahead

K-12 education

Focusing on education outcomes 

You've heard us talk a lot about our Fund Education First solution this year, which focuses on K-12 education spending -- or inputs. But we are also focused on education outputs. This means accountability and better student performance.

Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, R-Enumclaw, is the lead Republican on the House Education Committee. Click here to read her e-mail update that highlights more House Republican education solutions.  

Rep. Jeff Holy

Freshman spotlight:
Rep. Jeff Holy

How many people can say they've been a detective, lawyer and state lawmaker? Rep. Jeff Holy can. The 6th District Republican is a Gonzaga School of Law graduate. Read about how higher education continues to play a major role in his life by clicking here.

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