Lawmakers in the state House approved changes in state tax law Tuesday, April 16th, that would raise money to balance the budget.
Anyone who remembers last fall’s gubernatorial campaign in Washington could be forgiven for expressing surprise that so much of this year’s legislative agenda in Olympia has focused on tax increases.
House Democrats Wednesday offered up their spending plan and made it clear they aren’t in a mood to reach a final deal anytime soon. Their $34.5 billion budget requires $1.3 billion in new taxes and sets up a war with the budget hawks in the Senate. And you can say it is the legislative equivalent [...]
Two fiscally conservative Democratic state senators announced Monday they will join with Senate Republicans to form a “majority coalition caucus” in which they say power will more or less be split between the two parties. The last time a power-sharing takeover occurred in the Washington legislature was in the House in 1963. Read more 2 Dems [...]
As if we don’t have enough Legislative Committees in Olympia, new assignments and leadership have been announced for the upcoming session. Added to the Committee list is a new Committee for lean management. Because nothing says ‘lean management’ like more committees. Read more here: New House Committee