OLYMPIA — House Democrats say they will release their tax package today that is part of their overall plan to fill the state’s $2.8 billion budget hole.
Really. Seriously. We have it in writing this morning. Finance Committee Chairman Ross Hunter’s going to release it at noon. Although we’ve been given false alarms before in the week since they released a budget package minus a tax plan — which is sort of like a weight loss plan without telling you whether you’re goiong on Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or Scarsdale . They’ve never been specific about a time and place before, so it’s probably going to happen.
That will provide a better, across the board look at how the House, Senate and Governor’s budget match up. Final budget is likely to be a “One for Column A, One from Column B” sort of thing.
That all has to happen in the next 11 days, because, as the headline notes, we are at Day 50 of 60. Which grade school math reminds us is 5/6ths, or 83 percent over.
Committee hearings today mainly deal with budgets, both houses’ Ways and Means Committees have afternoon sessions. Schedule, as usual, is inside the blog.
|Monday, March 01, 2010|
|9:55 AM||PRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION|
|10:00 AM||SENATE SESSION/CAUCUS|
|Finance (H)||House Hearing Rm C|
|1:30 PM||HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS|
|Transportation (S)||Senate Hearing Rm 1|
|Ways & Means (S)||Senate Hearing Rm 4|
|Ways & Means (H)||House Hearing Rm A|
|3:30 PM||Ways & Means (S)||Senate Hearing Rm 4|
|Transportation (H)||House Hearing Rm B|
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