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State capital budget hinges on debt-limit amendment

Two senators have introduced a bipartisan constitutional amendment to reduce the state’s debt limit and reduce the portion of the operating budget that goes toward paying off debt service, which is already more than 6 percent. To ensure its passage … Continue reading

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Workers seek outside options to end tax breaks

Since Democrat legislators (almost certainly) can’t wrangle the two-thirds majority vote to change tax preferences or cut tax exemptions, labor groups have introduced their own initiatives to direct the resulting tax revenue toward education and social services. Power to the … Continue reading

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To ease budget cuts, Dems seeking to end tax breaks

Thank Tim Eyman and the passage of I-1053 last fall for imposing the two-thirds majority vote requirement on any measure to change or raise tax preferences. With I-1053 in place, it will be virtually impossible for Democrats to close tax … Continue reading

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Higher ed takes a beating in upcoming budget

Weekender: Higher education has come out the loser in the past few budget cycles, with state universities and colleges losing about half of their state support since the beginning of the 2009-2011 biennium if the current budget proposals pass. This … Continue reading

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House unveils $3.13B capital-budget proposal

Nearly half of the construction budget is paid for by bonds. The proposal includes $718.5 million in construction assistance grants for schools, something capital budget chair Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, is excited about because it means following through for all … Continue reading

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Senate transportation budget nearly $9 billion

A day after the House unveiled its transportation budget for the 2011-2013 biennium, the Senate released its version: It’s almost identical to the House’s proposal, but assumes the passage of a bill imposing a $100 car tab fee on electric … Continue reading

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House transportation budget pares ferry cuts

A few weeks before the overall operating budget comes out, the House Transportation committee rolled out its proposal for the coming biennium. The plan includes fewer cuts to the Washington State Ferries than were initially proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, … Continue reading

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