Stories tagged: 2010 Washington Legislature
Thu., May 12, 2011
Clark: Unmarked police car bill solves no one’s problems
I’ve long held the belief that if Olympia’s electricity came from brainpower the Statehouse would be in a perpetual gloom. Even so, I’m confident there’s still enough wisdom at the …
Thu., April 7, 2011, 3:59 a.m.
Wash. House budget proposal passes key committee
A House committee has approved the Democratic majority’s state budget proposal aimed at closing an estimated $5 billion deficit for the next two years.
Sun., Dec. 12, 2010
Legislature OKs deficit reduction plan in one-day session
OLYMPIA – Washington state lawmakers quickly approved a plan to shrink the state’s $1.1 billion deficit in a one-day special session Saturday, a preview of heavier budget-balancing work that lies …
Sun., Dec. 12, 2010
Interpreter services for patients face cut
SEATTLE – About 70,000 Washington residents who do not speak English fluently may lose access to interpreters during medical visits under a proposed budget cut. The proposed $2 million cut …
Fri., Dec. 10, 2010
Special session starts Saturday
OLYMPIA – State lawmakers will convene a weekend special session to substantially cut the state’s $1.1 billion budget deficit, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Thursday. The bipartisan agreement will reduce the …
Thu., July 1, 2010
Budget-patching soda tax starts today
That six-pack of diet soda will cost an extra 12 cents starting today. It’s possible you won’t pay it, but someone will.
Mon., June 7, 2010, 8:26 a.m.
New Washington law encourages drug OD 911 calls
A new law that takes effect Thursday in Washington aims to encourage people to report drug overdoses.
Sun., June 6, 2010
Editorial: Convening lawmakers again should be last option
Before Gov. Chris Gregoire calls the Washington Legislature back to Olympia for another special session, she should reflect on what happened in the first one. Unable to fix the state’s …
Wed., June 2, 2010, 1:41 p.m.
Second special session might be needed, Gregoire says
OLYMPIA — Washington may need another special session of the Legislature if Congress doesn’t come through with some $480 million in higher payments for Medicaid, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.
Sun., May 30, 2010
New food taxes start Tuesday
If you drink bottled water or beer, eat candy or chew gum, this weekend would be a good time to stock up. Those items – or at least some brands …
Wed., May 5, 2010
Gregoire signs budget bill
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a new spending plan Tuesday designed to close an estimated $2.8 billion gap in the state’s operating budget with what she called a “fair …
Tue., May 4, 2010, 12:48 p.m.
Gregoire signs new state budget into law
Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.
Sun., May 2, 2010
Spin Control: Drafting in dark messed up soda tax
OLYMPIA – Not to be a nag about the value of public hearings for important stuff government wants to do to us, but legislators’ penchant for closed-door, back-room discussions of …
Fri., April 30, 2010, 8:12 a.m.
New $1 cigarette tax starts Saturday in Washington
The new dollar-a-pack tax on cigarettes tax effect Saturday in Washington. While lawmakers are hoping to raise more money, the state Health Department says this could prompt more smokers to …
Wed., April 28, 2010
Washington state furlough law enacted
OLYMPIA – Thousands of state workers will take 10 days off without pay over the next 14 months under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The new law …
Sat., April 24, 2010
Governor signs tax increases
OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer …
Fri., April 23, 2010, 2:34 p.m.
Gregoire signs package of tax hikes
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer goods …
Sun., April 18, 2010
No real winners, but some didn’t lose as much
OLYMPIA – Most years when the Legislature goes home, the winners and losers are pretty obvious. You count the scars and tote up the pork. This year, everyone has scars …
Wed., April 14, 2010
Late maneuvers cap debate-filled session
OLYMPIA – By the time the Legislature wrapped up 90 days of heated and sometimes confusing debate over taxes and spending early Tuesday, it had raised taxes on a wide …
Wed., April 14, 2010
Washington tax may send smokers east
Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. The higher state taxes – which brings the total on every pack to $3 …
Tue., April 13, 2010, 12:41 p.m.
Eyman files rollback initiatives on newly passed taxes
Initiative activist Tim Eyman wants voters to roll back several of the tax increases that were just approved by the state Legislature.
Tue., April 13, 2010
Budget plan gets OK
OLYMPIA – Democrats in the Legislature filled a $2.8 billion gap in the state operating budget with an array of new taxes, spending cuts and money from Uncle Sam. Despite …
Mon., April 12, 2010, 1:47 p.m.
Pine Lodge prison to close under spending plan
OLYMPIA — Democratic legislators released their spending plan with a combination of cuts and assumed tax hikes, designed to fill a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget.
Mon., April 12, 2010
‘Enough’ Senate votes to pass taxes anticipated
OLYMPIA – State senators are expected to vote sometime today on the same $667.7 million tax package that passed the House of Representatives on Saturday, and vote as well on …
Sun., April 11, 2010, 1 a.m.
Washington House OKs tax plan
OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …
Sun., April 11, 2010
Fixed menu for budget might leave a bad taste
OLYMPIA – When talking about the Legislature, it’s easy to get wrapped up in parliamentary details and arcane political jargon. To avoid that, here’s a simple way to look at …
Sat., April 10, 2010, 3:16 p.m.
House approves tax plan
OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to …
Sat., April 10, 2010
Gregoire: ‘Time’s up’ on session
OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns today with time running out in its special session and only two options to fix its unbalanced budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday: Pass an …
Thu., April 8, 2010
State sales tax won’t rise
OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a deal Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …
Wed., April 7, 2010, 3:51 p.m.
Legislature nearing deal on tax package
OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a “deal” Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …