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UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Gov. Inslee signs record state budget, new taxes to pay for it

Gov. Jay Inslee signs record state operating budget, along with new taxes needed to cover some of the spending.

How lawmakers beat the clock, and wound up with a budget and other needed legislation

With two hours to midnight and the statutory end of the regular session of the 2019 Legislature, the odds seemed better than even that lawmakers would miss that deadline and …

Spin Control: Doing the budget the way it’s always done doesn’t make it the best way

Legislature pushes toward its deadline with closed budget negotiations, hasty tax hearings and late-night votes because “that’s the way we always do it.”

Legislature to vote on $52.4 billion budget today

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

UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Democrats have tentative deal on $52.4 billion budget

Budget negotiators in Olympia reach tentative agreement on a $52.4 billion two-year budget.

UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019

State budget deal reached but no details released

Budget leaders for House and Senate Democrats reached a tentative deal Thursday on a compromise for a record state operating budget of more than $52 billion. But they aren’t saying …

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Spokane school officials lobby for more special education money, but not higher local levies

With the clock ticking toward Sunday’s scheduled end of the legislative session and a possible deal on the state operating budget, Spokane Public Schools officials were making pleas Monday to …

Washington Legislature into the final push to decide money for schools as pressure mounts

Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.

UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

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: Fri., March 29, 2019

House passes 2019-21 budget, Senate releases its own plans

House passes $52.8 billion budget, Senate Democrats release their own budget and tax plans for 2019-21.

UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019

Expanded programs, new taxes in House Democrats’ budget proposal

House Democrats’ budget calls more spending on schools, mental health and college scholarships, plus new taxes to help pay for it.

UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

WSU plans to add 20 students to Spokane medical school faces budget hurdle

Washington State University’s plan to increase enrollment at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine caught in budget negotiations.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Budgets, new laws may satisfy court order on public schools

Budget bills, other changes to state education policies and programs may satisfy Supreme Court order on providing adequate money for public schools.

Spin Control: Maybe Washington should change the rules for writing its budget

Some ideas to avoid the threat of a government shutdown the next time an operating budget is written.

UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017

Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed

Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.

UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017

Legislature passes $43.7 billion budget, and taxes to pay for it; Inslee signs before midnight

Washington lawmakers began the heavy lifting Friday morning of passing a $43.7 billion budget and staving off a partial government shutdown before midnight.

UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Longest Washington budget talks with no deal

Legislators have gone later than ever without at least an agreement “in principle” on the budget needed to keep the state running after June 30. They also lack agreement on …

UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Washington budget deal ‘close’ as deadline and layoffs looms

With five days to a partial government shutdown, lawmakers continue secret negotiations and state workers have notices of a potential layoff.

UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017

Budget clock ‘running out,’ Inslee warns, as third special session starts

Legislature starts its third special session with Gov. Jay Inslee vowing to veto a short-term budget.

As lawmakers crawl toward budget deal, state makes plans for partial shutdown

With 10 days left in the second special session, and 19 until the end of the state’s fiscal year, detectable budget progress appears slow and the state must, by law, …

UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

Dispute over tax vote stalling Washington 2017-19 budget talks

Argument over the conditions for the start of serious budget negotiations makes a special session increasingly likely.

UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

House Democrats propose $46.9 billion budget, taxes on upper income Washington residents and big businesses

Upper income residents of Washington would pay more taxes on their investments and their home sales but small businesses would pay less under a $46.9 billion budget for most state …

Spin Control: Washington Senate might consider adapting ‘After Midnight’ as its theme song

The Senate’s week included long days and late nights of budget drama.

UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

Washington Senate passes $43 billion budget after midnight on 25-24 vote

The Senate narrowly approved a $43 billion operating budget early Friday that attempts to improve Washington schools and pay for it by raising property taxes in some parts of the …

Inslee signs transportation budget, won’t comment on main budget progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signs a transportation budget, says lawmakers making “some progress” on operating budget.

Fight in Senate could create $2 billion hole in budget

OLYMPIA — Fight over class-size initiative and school testing could lead to $2 billion hole in state’s new budget.

Washington officials announce state budget deal

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …

Under state budget deal, college tuition will fall, but leaders haven’t said by how much

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …

Washington House Democrats float base, tax-adding budgets

OLYMPIA – With less than a week left in the special session and eight days before a budget stalemate could cause a partial state shutdown, Washington House Democrats released a …

Inslee mum on status of state budget talks

OLYMPIA – Silence descended over spending talks Wednesday, as Gov. Jay Inslee deflected most questions about progress in talks to break a legislative stalemate over the 2015-17 operating budget. “The …