OLYMPIA – On the first day of the state’s 2015 legislative session, the battle over whether lawmakers should raise new tax revenue took on a new dimension. Republicans in the state Senate pushed through a new rule requiring the chamber to have a two-thirds majority to enact any new taxes. Twenty-six senators approved the rule change. The rule will apply…More
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Democrats are taking aim at Washington state’s tax advisory votes. State Sen. David Frockt said at a post-election fundraiser Thursday night he plans to introduce legislation as soon as next week to eliminate the votes, which he called “confusing, out of context and downright stupid.” The proposal may go nowhere, especially in an election year when Republicans…More
State Sen. Nick Harper, who ousted an fellow Everett Democratic incumbent in a controversial 2010 primary and then quickly rose to become deputy caucus leader, has resigned. In a statement released just after the close of a special session Saturday, Harper said, “Unfortunately my work in Olympia takes me away from my family far too much. They…More
OLYMPIA — State Sen. Ed Murray, the mayor-elect of Seattle, stepped down Friday as the Senate Democratic leader. Murray said he needed to devote his attention to the transition of becoming mayor. However, he plans to remain in the Legislature through the special session. He said he’ll set a date later for resignation from the Legislature. Sen….More