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WA Lege Day 50: House Dems tax plan cometh

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.



Legislative Meeting Information for March 1, 2010.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Monday, March 01, 2010
TimeCommitteeLocation
9:55 AMPRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION
10:00 AMSENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

Finance (H)House Hearing Rm C
1:30 PMHOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

Transportation (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Ways & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Ways & Means (H)House Hearing Rm A
3:30 PMWays & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Transportation (H)House Hearing Rm B

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House Committees


Capital Budget*
3/1/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Finance*
3/1/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/25/2010 8:43 AM

Public Hearing: Bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SB 6206 - Authorizing extensions of the due dates for filing tax incentive accountability reports and surveys with the department of revenue.
  2. ESSB 6424 - Concerning local excise tax authorities for counties and cities.
  3. ESSB 6737 - Providing an exemption from property tax for aircraft used to provide air ambulance services.
  4. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Transportation*
3/1/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/26/2010 4:18 PM

Public Hearing: Bills referred to committee.

Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Ways & Means
3/1/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: Bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Bills referred to committee.

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Senate Committees


Transportation*
3/1/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/26/2010 4:31 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESHB 2504 - Concerning minimum renewable fuel content requirements.
  2. SHB 2941 - Authorizing the use of express toll lanes in the Interstate 405 corridor. (If measure is referred to committee.)

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Ways & Means
3/1/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: To be announced.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

Ways & Means
3/1/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: Continuation of 1:30 p.m. hearing.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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House committee meeting documents for this session may be viewed once the meeting has started and for any previous meetings from this session at the following Web site: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/cmd/

If you plan to visit the Capitol Campus in Olympia, please keep in mind parking is very limited. For directions, maps and information regarding parking and free shuttle service please see: http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Parking.aspx

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