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About Ross

I'm proud to represent Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, and Yarrow Point in the Washington State House of Representatives. I am chairman of the Appropriations Committee, responsible for crafting biennial budgets. I also serve on the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, the Expenditure Limit Committee and the Pension Funding Council. (One could die from the excitement.)

Week 10 of 4th Grader Advice for Legislators

These advice cards make me smile every time. They’re from Linda Myrick’s 4th graders at Somerset Elementary in Bellevue.

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House and Senate Budget Differences on K12

I’ll be posting a handful of high-level summaries of budget differences with the Senate over the next few days. As usual, K12 is my first post in this sequence. House Democrats are investing $3.2 billion more in K-12 education with … Continue reading

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Budget Negotiations to Start Monday

We’re now entering the budget negotiation phase of the session. The Senate and House are in pretty significantly different places. The top level difference is only about a billion dollars, but the underlying differences are much greater than that. We … Continue reading

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Final 520 Pontoons to Arrive Thursday!

If you are crazy enough to actually want to track the arrival of pontoons to the new 520 bridge project online – here are the links. These are the last 3 pontoons. In addition, WSDOT is running a photo contest … Continue reading

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Timely Advice from 4th Graders

This week’s gem is particularly timely as we are about to spend the next two weeks debating bills on the floor and arguing about budgets. The advice comes from Linda Myrick’s 4th graders at Somerset Elementary in Bellevue.

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Advice from 4th Graders – Week 8

I think I missed a week. This week’s advice card is also excellent. I’m sad I have to white out the names of the kids due to privacy laws. These cards are from the 4th graders in Linda Myrick’s civics … Continue reading

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Debtors Prisons – Legal Financial Obligations

Just before session started this year I had a chance to attend the Facing Race legislative forum. Hosted by several local and national organizations, it was a chance for me to hear stories and facts about a variety of social … Continue reading

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Advice from 4th Graders – Week 7

I am really enjoying these posts from Linda Myrick’s 4th graders at Somerset Elementary in Bellevue. This particular piece needs broad circulation, and I will be sending it to all the members of the House. We have three more days … Continue reading

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Fiscal Cutoff

State legislatures typically meet for a relatively short period of time each year and consequently are very deadline driven. Congress works on things until they are ready to be brought forward, but in most states (including Washington) the dates are … Continue reading

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Advice from 4th Graders – Week 6

Really, really good advice from the 4th graders in Linda Myrick’s class at Somerset Elementary in Bellevue.

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