February 23, 2024

Make your voice heard – Public hearings on 3 initiatives

Greetings From Olympia,  We’re in the home stretch of the 2024 legislative session. The Senate is moving from committees to floor votes on bills that have come over from the House. Now that both chambers have put out initial proposals, we’re also hammering out details on the state’s three supplemental...
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February 12, 2024

Muzzall bill gives economic boost for habitat preservation

State Sen. Ron Muzzall believes that caring for Washington’s environment is a collaborative effort, needing private landowners to fill in gaps. The state’s Forestry Riparian Easement Program was designed to compensate landowners with small forests for the value of trees unharvested to protect critical habitat. The Senate today passed Muzzall’s...
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February 09, 2024

Muzzall says failure of $6 billion property tax legislation a win for affordability

OLYMPIA… The prime sponsor of what would have been the largest tax increase in state history has said the proposal, Senate Bill 5770, won’t be getting a vote this year. Senate Republicans have been sounding the alarm on the legislation that would allow local governments to triple the growth of...
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February 07, 2024

$6 Billion Property Tax Hike

One of the most contentious bills before the Legislature this year is Senate Bill 5770, which will triple the allowable annual growth rate of your local property taxes. This means local governments would be able to increase your property taxes by up to 3% WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL. This will cost...
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January 26, 2024

Senate ag leaders issue statement on passing of Department of Fish and Wildlife employee

Earlier this week the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that a member of their team tragically passed away in the performance of her duties. After failing to check back with her team on the night of Jan. 23, Mary Valentine was reported missing the next morning to the...
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January 24, 2024

Senate approves Muzzall health-care workforce legislation

Washington state is facing critical workforce shortages across various industries, and the lack of employees is being acutely felt in hospitals, clinics and medical practices. State Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, has been working to fill these gaps by sponsoring legislation that aims to ease regulatory burdens for licensed practitioners...
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April 22, 2023

Final capital budget includes Muzzall push for $30 million for district schools

One day remains in the 2023 legislative session and details are emerging on the final versions of various state budgets. State Sen. Ron Muzzall is touting significant investments for local projects in the 10th District in the state’s capital construction budget, particularly nearly $30 million for Oak Harbor schools. Muzzall...
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April 21, 2023

Joint, End of Session Virtual Town Hall

Friends,  The 2023 legislative session is coming to a close. I’ll be sending out an in-depth update on where we’ve landed with the budget and my perspective on pressing policy issues, but I wanted to invite you to get some information at our upcoming virtual town hall. I’ll be holding...
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March 20, 2023

Muzzall garners nearly $30 million for district schools

The state Senate unveiled its proposal for the 2023-25 Capital Budget today. Hailed by negotiators as a record investment for housing, state Sen. Ron Muzzall is proud to have secured nearly $30 million for school districts who’ve struggled to get local resources for capital projects. Oak Harbor School District, whose...
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