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Spin Control budgets archive

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

OLYMPIA -- Senate Republicans keep track of the vote on the supplemental budget, which eventually passed 27-17. Sen. Mark Schoesler, sitting at the desk, is surrounded by Sens. Mike Hewett, John Braun, Andy Hill and Steve O'Ban (left to right) (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Legislature passes budget

OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a compromise budget that makes incremental changes to programs that could ease problems in mental health, a teacher shortage and homelessness.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016

SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2016


THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015

OLYMPIA -- Flags fly at half-staff on April 15 to mark the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death. (Jonathan Brunt)

WaLeg Day 94: New ideas on public school funding

OLYMPIA -- Only 11 days left in the regular session, but that doesn't mean there are no new ideas floating around. Senate Democrats unveiled a trio of bills that would put more money into schools through a capital gains tax on the upper, upper income and rearrange the levy system. Senate Republicans may have a plan of their on in the afternoon.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Andy Billig (center) makes a point to fellow Democratic Sens. Sharon Nelson, Kevin Ranker and Christine Rolfes (left to right) between debate on amendments to the 2015-17 operating budget Thursday evening. (Jim Camden)

House passes 2015-17 budget, Senate debate continues

OLYMPIA – Both chambers of the Legislature debated budgets worth tens of billions of dollars with arguments over whether they were just directing spending or making statements about the future of the state and its values. House Democrats passed their $38.8 billion budget, which needs some new taxes . The Senate debate continued into the evening.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2015

Sunday Spin: Where to start in opening the budget process?

OLYMPIA – Openness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder for government officials. This is clear in the discussions – some might call them grumblings – of proposed raises for state employees included in Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget after contract negotiations between his staff and the heads of the employees’ unions.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013

Spec Sess Day 23: Gone in 34 seconds

OLYMPIA -- The Senate got through its pro forma session this morning in 34 seconds. That was about 5 seconds short of the record, but still in the neighborhood of "don't blink or you'll miss it." Gov. Jay Inslee has a noon press conference to...

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Poll: 'Cut spending' beats 'Raise taxes' 

A new survey suggests Washington voters would rather the Legislature cut spending than raise taxes, the folks at Moore Information say. Wow. Bet you didn't see that coming. (Next week, Moore will poll people on whether they'd rather have rain or sunshine tomorrow.) As with...

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

Inslee: Progress made on the budget

OLYMPIA --Negotiators are making progress on a budget compromise that would cover the state's operating costs for the next two years, Gov. Jay Inslee said this morning. But not enough that Inslee could say for certainty whether the Legislature will be working full-time starting Monday,...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013



House budgets come out today

OLYMPIA -- House Democrats will release their proposals for two-year operating and capital projects budgets at noon today. As dismissive as leading House Democrats have been about the Senate budget which passed last Friday, we can expect that it will have some new revenue, probably...

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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013

House budget coming Wednesday

OLYMPIA -- The House Appropriations Committee is expected to release its general operating budget sometime Wednesday, giving everyone a chance to see how far apart that chamber is with the Senate, which passed its "no-new taxes" budget on Friday. There may actually be two full...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

Fund ed first, House Republicans say 

OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of budgeting process in a session where that was supposed to be the main thing the Legislature tackled, argued Thursday for a new approach. The state should set aside what it...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

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