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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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December 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Inslee budget: No shortfall now, but a big one is coming

For the first time in six years, the state Legislature won’t have a budget shortfall to fix when it goes into session next month. Multi-billion-dollar shortfalls, and corresponding fights over taxes and spending cuts, had seemingly become the norm after the Great Recession hit in 2008. This time, lawmakers could have some pocket change to spend. In his…

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January 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray proposes capital gains tax

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray wants to seek voter approval of a 5 percent excise tax on capital gains. He floated the idea at a news conference on Friday. In the past, this kind of trial balloon would have made a stir in Olympia. But with Republicans in control of the state Senate…

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