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Stories tagged: Christine Rolfes


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Political dominoes in Washington waiting on Inslee’s decision

Political dominoes are lining up for Washington’s 2020 elections, waiting on Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision about whether to continue his presidential run before deciding which way they’ll fall.


Legislature to vote on $52.4 billion budget today

Legislature moves toward passing a $52.4 billion operating budget and adjourning today.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Senate passes $52.2 billion operating budget; proposal to support 20 new WSU Spokane medical school students fails

The Senate passes a $52.2 billion operating budget, the last and smallest of the three spending plans needed to begin negotiations on a final budget.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Inslee tax plan draws critics, supporters in budget hearing

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed tax increases generated the expected support and opposition Wednesday as the Senate began hearings on new revenue for the state’s upcoming budgets.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Senate budget has tax break, money for schools

Senate Democrats propose a budget with more money for schools, tax break for property owners


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Does keeping Washington income tax-free help attract top athletes? Sen. Mike Baumgartner thinks so.

Senate fails to muster needed supermajority for a constitutional amendment blocking a state income tax.


Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding

How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the …


Public school improvements listed in report to court

Committee report tells the Supreme Court what Legislature did and didn’t do to meet obligations to public schools.


Spin Control: Lawmakers take stabs at humor from time to time

Bits of attempted levity can show up at unusual times in the Legislature.


Competing plans on how to fix school taxes get airing

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. …