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January 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

New state budget may not be needed, says Ways and Means chairman

Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill said he’s not sure the Legislature needs to pass a state operating budget this year. “You can get out of here without one.” Hill, R-Redmond, said at a news conference Wednesday, adding the GOP-led majority in the Senate would make a decision within a couple of weeks. Democrats, who control…


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November 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

CBO’s Elmendorf lays out paradoxical options at budget conference

WASHINGTON — It’s a picture he’s drawn many time before. But Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf painted it again Wednesday: The federal debt is growing at an unsustainable rate — but the paradoxical best short-term response is to cut taxes or boost spending. That was the thrust of Elmendorf’s message to lawmakers at the…


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March 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Inslee to talk taxes and spending this morning

Gov. Jay Inslee will meet with reporters at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss how he intends to close the state’s budget shortfall — projected at up to $1.3 billion — and boost education spending as ordered by the state Supreme Court. Watch the governor’s presentation live on TVW, and come back to for…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: budget, gov. jay inslee

March 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

House Republicans hope to put $556 million more into education

OLYMPIA — State House Republicans unveiled an education budget proposal Thursday that would increase K-12 spending by $556 million without raising taxes over the next two years. The budget would dedicate $817 million to respond to a state Supreme Court order to increase basic education funding, including by expanding full-day kindergarten, reducing class sizes in kindergarten…


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