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November 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Poll: Most voters wish Machinists had accepted Boeing offer

A new Stuart Elway poll found that most Washington voters wish the Machinists union had accepted Boeing’s offer to build the 777X in this state in exchange for contract concessions. “By a margin of 56 to 31 percent, residents interviewed last weekend for The Elway Poll said they would have voted for the proposed contract “if…

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June 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

State House passes gas-tax boost for megaprojects

A plan to increase gas taxes 10.5 cents over the next year just passed the Washington state House of Representatives in a 51-41 vote, a day after the same bill failed. The increase, along with boosts in car and truck weight fees, would support most of a 10-year, $10.04 billion package of highway expansions, ferry funding,…

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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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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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April 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

House Democrats propose slimmed-down $8.4 billion transportation tax package

House Democrats on Tuesday released a slimmed-down transportation tax package that would spend $8.4 billion on various projects, including extensions of Highways 167 and 509 as well as work on Interstate 405 and I-5. Back in February they released a plan to spend nearly $10 billion. The new version drops proposals for a politically…

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April 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Senate Democrats apologize to LaHood – for Republicans

State Senate Democrats sent a letter of apology to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for what they viewed as a rude reception on Wednesday by the GOP-led majority caucus – a charge Republicans dispute. “It was appalling to see the tenor of the reception he received from Sen. (Don) Benton and the Republican majority,…

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April 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

State House Democrats propose raising $1.3 billion through taxes

House Democrats set the high bar for state spending in a proposed budget released Wednesday that would raise roughly $1.3 billion in additional tax revenue and plow the same amount into K-12 education to comply with a state Supreme Court mandate.

Overall, the House proposal would spend about $34.5 billion. By comparison, Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a $34.4 billion spending plan and Senate Republicans, $33.3 billion. The GOP budget is the only one that does not include additional money from taxes.

The House Democrats’ proposal is similar to Inslee’s in the mix of tax breaks it would close, including repealing tax exemptions for bottled water and the sales tax exemption for people living outside the state.

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April 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Sen. Ed Murray: GOP budget out today has Dems’ input

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray says the budget being released today by the GOP-led majority has input from Democrats, but he does not consider it bipartisan. The majority caucus is expected to release its spending proposal at noon on Wednesday. Republicans have said they will meet state Supreme Court demands for more education funding and close…

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March 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Play our interactive state budget game

Cut spending? Increase taxes? Some of each? Here’s your chance to take a swing at balancing the state budget. We’ve created an interactive budget game that lets you pick from dozens of potential budget cuts and tax increases to balance the budget and find more money for education. The next two-year state budget faces up to…

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February 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Legislature introduces online commenting system

Citizens have another way to interact with their legislators thanks to a new online commenting system launched last week. Instead of having to determine which legislators serve their district and tracking down an email address or phone number, constituents can simply click a “comment on this bill” link on the bill’s webpage. They will be directed…

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