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Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, introduced three constitutional amendments during the first week of the 2013 legislative session to make Washington's hydropower “green” under the state's energy and environmental laws, protect taxpayers...

Jan. 15, 2013

Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released this statement today after a bipartisan group of Senators released an updated budget proposal: “Today's budget...

March 15, 2012

At a noon press conference in the state Capitol building today, House Republicans introduced the Legislature's first complete supplemental budget proposal for the 2012 session. Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, and member...

Feb. 17, 2012

The Washington State House of Representatives today passed a partial solution to the state's looming $2 billion budget shortfall.  The early action items total about $480 million and include fund transfers,...

Dec. 14, 2011

In a late night House Ways and Means Committee hearing, a budget plan proposed by House Democrats passed by a vote along party lines, 16-11.  The budget proposal fills the state's...

April 7, 2011

  The Washington State House of Representatives today passed a spending plan to partially address the nearly $600 million budget hole for the remainder of 2011 and to begin the process...

Jan. 24, 2011

Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, released the following statement today regarding the passage of the 2010 supplemental operating budget in the House of Representatives: “This budget continues the trend of using budget...

April 13, 2010

The Washington State House of Representatives today passed $800 million in new and increased taxes, the largest one-year tax package in state history. The $800 million in tax increases includes increases...

March 20, 2010

'We haven't learned from the past at all.  Washington will continue to have budget shortfalls in the coming years because of the lack of action taken in this budget,' says Haler...

March 6, 2010

Majority Democrats in the Washington State House of Representatives voted 51-47 to overturn the will of the people last night by suspending Initiative 960, the Taxpayers Protection Act. Senate Bill 6130,...

Feb. 18, 2010