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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.)

McCleary Phase II






The Legislature has made significant progress toward fully funding basic education. In the last three years, we’ve reduced K-3 class sizes, funded all-day kindergarten, and provided kids adequate materials and supplies for their classrooms. But there’s one critical and final … Continue reading




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Constitutional Crisis? Not so much.






19 members of the Republican caucus in the Washington State Senate released an open letter today complaining about a “constitutional crisis” between the Legislature and the Supreme Court over the McCleary decision and the court’s recent order. While the order … Continue reading




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Reminder: SR 520 highway closes this weekend from 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, to noon Sunday, Aug. 16






From 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, to noon Sunday, Aug. 16, crews will close all lanes and ramps of SR 520 between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard. The westbound SR 520 transit lane between 84th Avenue Northeast and Evergreen … Continue reading




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Ross’ Statement on August McCleary Order






The Supreme Court released a new order in the McCleary case this morning, holding the state in contempt and fining it $100,000 per day (to pay for basic education) until it resolves the remaining issues, including both the unconstitutional dependence … Continue reading




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Capital Budget – Building Stuff






The capital budget is the fund we use to make long-term investments in (mostly) physical things that are going to be around for a while. School construction, new buildings for colleges and universities, park acquisition, stuff like that. Just like … Continue reading




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Transportation!






Crews spray down the deck of the new, temporary westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard to keep it moist in the hot weather before placing wet burlap to let the concrete cure. (Photo – WSDOT) On Friday, July 10 … Continue reading




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Post-Session Notes, Operating Budget Comments






Thank  you again for letting me represent you in Olympia. It’s an honor and a privilege, though I feel much less privileged when the session runs into July. We finished our work Friday morning June 10th, passing a transportation spending … Continue reading




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McCleary, the Court and Funding Compensation






Chris Vance has a lot to say in this article on Crosscut that I agree with, but more that I don’t. He is right that the Legislature didn’t address the compensation element and still needs to. I expect the court to … Continue reading




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Legislature Still has Work to Do






House budget writer Rep. Ross Hunter watches amazing 90-8 bipartisan vote on budget You may have read in the press that the Legislature got a budget done by midnight on June 30th, allowing the state to continue providing unemployment assistance, … Continue reading




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(Almost) Post-Session Advice






You’ll start getting some (almost) post-session notes from me now that I have time to digest what happened and what still needs to be finished. I have not had time recently to keep up with posting the advice cards I … Continue reading




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