Let's say this right up front. If the Legislature does nothing this year to raise fees or increase taxes, the state is still expected to take in an additional $2 billion over the current budget cycle. Two billion more without tax increases!
The fiery debate is coming to a head. Will the Washington Legislature agree to pay for its part of the Columbia River Crossing? The more than $3 billion project cost has been scrutinized. The bridge would cost Oregon and Washington $450 million each.
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.
Liberal Washington State Tries to Kiss Medicaid Goodbye
Originally posted in the Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2011.
The governor and the legislature unanimously back a block-grant model similar to welfare reform
By NANSEN MALIN