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Dear Friends,

Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to grow under the pro-growth policies of the Senate Majority Coalition and tax receipts are anticipated to grow along with it through the next four years. We now know that we will have nearly $3 billion more in revenue for the next budget cycle than we do for the current one.

The forecast was welcome news that allowed us in the Senate to craft yet another budget that meets our obligation on education and protects the most vulnerable, without raising taxes.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback. You can email me anytime or call me in Olympia at (360) 786-7614. I represent you most accurately when I receive your direct feedback, so please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns, or if I can be of assistance to you and your family in any way.

Thank you for the continued opportunity to serve you in the state Senate. 


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Sharon Brown
State Senator
8th District

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Prayers go out for our friends in the United Kingdom


Today our Senate leadership sat down for tea and scones, as we welcomed British Consul General Andy Whittaker and other members of a United Kingdom delegation to the Capitol.

The UK Government Office in Seattle does not handle consular issues but instead promotes economic, political and business matters in our state. It was great to be able to meet to discuss opportunities for cooperation and commerce, but unfortunately, there was another – and much less pleasant – topic of conversation.

Just hours before our meeting, we got the sad news that the UK’s Parliament was the site of a terrorist attack. While the news continues to develop, the latest report at the time of my conversation with the British delegates was that a man mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing to death a police officer outside Parliament House in London. At least four people have been killed and another 20 injured.

Our hearts go out to the people of London, who sadly, are becoming far too familiar with such attacks.

House panel considers my bill to help create jobs

Measure would speed up projects of statewide significance


On Tuesday, the House Technology and Economic Development Committee held a public hearing on my bill to streamline the regulatory process for more projects of statewide significance.

Senate Bill 5621, also known as the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act, would help resuscitate some of our local economies – especially those in rural and economically depressed urban areas. The bill is focused on creating jobs in our state by encouraging economic development and making sure projects with real economic benefits get through the permitting process faster.

This bill would not circumvent any of our current regulatory procedures; it would only expedite that process to make sure that all voices are heard in a timely way so that projects can move forward in an efficient manner.

Click here to read more about this proposal.

In the News:

Herald editorial board calls on House to pass Senate dam policy

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March 12, 2017 | Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

In an unsettlingly close vote, the Washington state Senate decided to formally oppose any proposal that would breach the lower Snake River dams.

Senate Joint Memorial 8004 was approved 26-23, and now awaits action in the House.

Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, said, “It is baffling to me that we are even having this conversation.” She found it alarming that the Senate vote on the joint memorial was so tight.

We do too.

Brown said it just goes to show that many people who do not live near the dams — or directly rely on them — don’t fully understand the economic impact the dams have on agriculture, jobs, energy production, transportation and tourism.

Click here to read the full story.

    March 22, 2017


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