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January 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Guns, taxes and football: things Inslee said Friday

With the first week of the legislative session in the bag, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee held a news conference Friday morning to give his thoughts on guns, taxes, football and other issues. The highlights: 1. The governor said he supports legislation to provide a one-year “cooling off” period before elected officials and top-level government workers can…


Comments | More in Governor, State Supreme Court | Topics: guns, Jay Inslee, McCleary decision

January 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM

State Senate will require two-thirds approval for new taxes

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…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: David Frockt, Michael Baumgartner, state Legislature

December 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Higher taxes, traffic citations, collective rights: Host of marijuana bills pre-filed

Going into the start of the legislative session next month, lawmakers will be looking at a host of issues around marijuana. Pot reporter Evan Bush already has written on a proposal to slash pot taxes and fold medical marijuana operations into the state’s regulated system. While I didn’t see that plan yet filed during…


Comments | More in Marijuana, State Legislature | Topics: marijuana, state Legislature, taxes

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…


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

August 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Study: Washington has one of highest sales-tax rates in country

Consumers in Washington state pay the fourth highest sales taxes in the country, according to a new data from the Tax Foundation. The report on combined state and local sales taxes put Washington’s average rate at 8.87 percent — a 6.5 percent state tax plus an average 2.37 percent local tax rate. In Seattle, the…


Comments | More in State government | Topics: Gary Alexander, reuven carlyle, sales tax

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,…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: legislature, ports, taxes

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…


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

February 11, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Legislative items to watch this week: education, business and guns

This week, the state House and Senate will discuss a wide variety of bills, ranging from the ever-present topic of education reform to the hot-button issue of gun control. Monday,, the House Finance Committee will begin to tackle the financial implications of the McCleary decision made last year by the Washington Supreme Court. The Joint Task…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: gun control, McCleary decision, Rep. Cyrus Habib

January 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Gov. Inslee says he’s open to extending expiring taxes

Gov. Jay Inslee, during his first news conference as governor, said he’s open to extending temporary taxes due to expire next year as a way to pay for education or help balance the state budget. Inslee while campaigning for governor vowed not to increase taxes if elected. On Thursday, he said that extending a business and…


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

October 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Gregoire says candidates’ proposals not realistic

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday dismissed claims by both gubernatorial candidates that they can put more money into education without increasing taxes. The governor said in the past that new taxes would be needed, but took time Thursday to dismantle proposals that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent Rob McKenna have made. For example,…


Comments | More in Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Chris Gregoire, education, Jay Inslee

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