TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
Wed., March 23, 2016
Deal on the state's supplemental budget unlikely this week.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
Fri., March 11, 2016
Senate budget committee has hearing on budget Friday afternoon but as of 11 a.m., that budget is a blank bill.
SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2016
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016
Budget debates bring out more than dollars and cents.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
Thu., April 30, 2015
OLYMPIA -- The state Supreme Court says it will wait to see what the special session brings before considering what to do about penalties for the Legislature failing to come up with a plan to improve public schools. But only just.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
Fri., April 17, 2015
OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. But Democratic opponents counter it’s really a massive property tax on some residents, and a tax break for others.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015
Wed., April 15, 2015
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.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015
Thu., April 2, 2015
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.
SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2015
Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
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.
TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Although the Legislature needed two special sessions to agree to a budget, in large part because of disagreements over how much to spend on public schools, a special legislative committee needed only about six minutes Tuesday to tell the state Supreme Court that budget is...
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013
Tue., June 4, 2013
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...
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013
Thu., May 23, 2013
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...
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
Fri., May 10, 2013
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,...
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
Wed., April 10, 2013
OLYMPIA – House Democrats want to spend about $1.9 billion more on education over the next two years, paying for much of it by extending some taxes set to expire in June and closing more than a dozen tax breaks now on the books. As...
Wed., April 10, 2013
OLYMPIA -- House Democrats released their 2013-15 budget proposal this afternoon with calls for adding $1.9 billion to public schools, extending taxes set to expire at the end of June and closing a series of tax preference. It's in sharp contrast to a budget that...
Wed., April 10, 2013
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...
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
Mon., April 8, 2013
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...
FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
Fri., April 6, 2012
OLYMPIA -- It's a sunny day, at least outside the Capitol. As for inside, the outlook may depend on the outcome of this afternoon's Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing, where the growing list includes the operating budget passed yesterday in the House, along with...
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012
Tue., Feb. 21, 2012
OLYMPIA -- House Democrats offered a budget plan that doesn't call for a state tax increase and doesn't make some of the cuts to public schools and state services that Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed in November. The school year wouldn't be shorter. The money the...
THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012
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...
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012
OLYMPIA -- House Republicans, who say they've been essentially shut out of the budgeting process in a session when the budget was supposed to be the main thing the Legislature tackled, will be releasing their plans for K-12 programs today. They call it "Fund Education...
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011
Wed., Dec. 7, 2011
OLYMPIA – School officials from across the state urged legislators to reject plans to cut four days out of the school year or reduce payments designed to help poor districts keep pace with richer ones. The Legislature should consider other ways to cut education costs,...
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011
Wed., May 25, 2011
OLYMPIA -- While the Final Days didn't begin with the Rapture at 6 p.m. Saturday as predicted, the final day of the special session has arrived. The list of things to do is long. Expect the day to be likewise. The House starts with a...
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011
Mon., May 16, 2011
Gov. Gregoire points to a chart Monday that shows revenue for the ferry system is falling dangerously low. OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the state's 2011-13 transportation budget Monday and issued a warning to the Legislature to hurry up on other spending plans for...
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