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Category: State budget
February 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Plan would fund bill pushed by parents of mentally ill Seattle man

OLYMPIA — A budget proposal unveiled Wednesday by state House Democrats would put $10 million toward making it easier to involuntarily commit mentally ill residents. The money would fund 48 new mental-health treatment beds and three new intensive outpatient treatment teams. It is directly aimed at House Bill 2725, which was pushed by the parents…

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0 Comments | More in State budget, State Legislature | Topics: andy hill, Joel Reuter, mental health

January 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

House GOP blasts state Supreme Court over contempt threat

More than half of the House Republican caucus sent a letter to the state Supreme Court earlier this month rebuking the justices for threatening to hold lawmakers in contempt if they don’t put more money into education. “The court lacks the authority to hold the Legislature in contempt of its decision and we, the…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: contempt, education funding, Supreme Court

January 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Inslee proposes wage increase for teachers, boost to minimum wage

Gov. Jay Inslee, saying he had changed his mind about spending more for education this year, proposed an additional $200 million for public schools, some of which would go toward cost-of-living pay increases for teachers. Inslee in his proposed budget released in December had indicated the state would need to wait until 2015…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: COLA, teachers

January 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Voter concern drops for state budget, spending; economy still top priority

A new poll by Stuart Elway found that voter concern about the state budget and spending has dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession hit. As it has since 2009, the economy remained the top priority for voters. The survey of 408 registered voters last week found that only 17 percent cited the state…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: economy, poll, state budget

January 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Eyman: Put constitutional amendment on ballot, or else

Tim Eyman proposed a new initiative on Monday that would chop billions out of the state budget unless the Legislature moves ahead with a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote to approve new taxes. The state Supreme Court ruled last year that requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes is unconstitutional…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: amendment, constitution, Eyman

June 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

State sends out notices to state workers of potential layoffs

The governor’s office on Monday directed state agencies to begin notifying state workers of potential layoffs if there’s no budget deal by the end of the month. Gov. Jay Inslee sent out a personal note to state employees saying, “I know today will be difficult for many of you. Temporary layoff notices will begin…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature | Topics: gov. jay inslee, government shutdown, layoffs

June 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Governor’s office details impacts of possible government shutdown

Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office released a memo this morning detailing potential impacts if there is a government shutdown. The Legislature has to pass a budget by the end of the month in order to avoid a shutdown, and there has been progress between Republicans and Democrats in recent days toward a deal. Some examples…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government | Topics: Jay Inslee, state budget

June 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Partial deal reached on estate tax legislation

UPDATE 1:15 P.M. | Adds information on House vote House and Senate negotiators have reached tentative agreement on how the state could get around a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that allows certain married couples to escape Washington’s estate tax. The legislation would create a new tax break for small businesses, while increasing the tax…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: estate tax, legislature

May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

State analysis shows King County pays more in taxes than it gets

Democratic State Rep. Reuven Carlyle released a new state analysis showing King County is a large net exporter of tax dollars to the rest of the state. Carlyle, of Seattle, contends there’s a misconception in the Legislature and elsewhere “that tax dollars are consumed by city living, whether that’s social programs or…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Gary Alexander, legislature, Rep. Reuven Carlyle

April 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Legislature tilts toward special session to finish work

Barring a breakthrough in negotiations, the Legislature appears headed toward a special session to wrap up a state operating budget and possibly other bills. The GOP-led majority in the Senate maintains it’s possible to finish up by the last day of the 105-day regular session on Sunday. But Democratic budget writers and the governor’s office are…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, special session, state budget

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