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Washington Welfare
5:13 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Washington Welfare Rolls Hit Record Low

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:09 pm

The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low. This follows a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.

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Northwest Economics
4:51 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Oregon Revenue Outlook: 'Slow And Steady'

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:43 pm

Oregon's economy is holding steady. That was the word from state economists as they delivered a quarterly update on the revenue picture to lawmakers.

Oregon lawmakers craft a spending plan and then keep their fingers crossed that all of the anticipated revenue materializes over the next two years. A legislative panel got its first update since the close of the session last month about whether or not that spending plan is in jeopardy.

The answer: For now, things are holding course.

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Federal Sequester
4:28 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Senator Murray Pleads With Republicans To Compromise, End Sequester Cuts

Senator Patty Murray made an urgent appeal on the floor of the Senate Thursday.
Credit murray.senate.gov

Several months into federal sequestration budget cuts, some of the most severe reductions are just now taking effect.

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Oregon Legislature
4:34 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Close Out 2013 Session

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 4:43 pm

Oregon lawmakers have adjourned their 2013 legislative session. The final gavel fell just before 3 p.m. Monday.

House Speaker Tina Kotek carefully calibrated the final gavel to time it just right with her Senate colleague on the other side of the capitol rotunda. She then said to cheers, "The 77th legislative assembly is hereby adjourned Sine Die."

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Oregon Legislative Session
5:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Oregon Legislature To Adjourn... But When?

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:07 pm

It's still not clear when the Oregon legislature will wrap up its work for the year. Lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on a controversial package that would raise some taxes and cut benefits to retired public employees.

But lawmakers have other work to do, such as finalizing budgets for several large state agencies.

One might expect that they would be in a great hurry to get out of here before the Fourth of July but remember, their original adjournment target was last Friday, June 28th. So they've already blown through that deadline.

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Oregon Budget
4:10 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Send Education Budget To Governor

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 4:34 pm

Oregon schools will get a sizeable increase in state funding after the Oregon House gave final approval to a spending plan for K-12 schools. Supporters say it will protect most districts from cuts.

When combined with a separate bill to cut public pensions, the education budget gives Oregon schools an additional $1 billion dollars to spend statewide. The plan had been tied up in a political showdown in the Senate but it passed the House by a wide margin.

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Oregon Legislative Session
6:54 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Head Into Final Days Of Session

Oregon lawmakers are heading into the home stretch of their legislative session Monday. The closing days could include some high stakes votes over taxes and public pension cuts. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Washington Budget
6:49 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Governor Inslee Chalks Up Wins, Losses In First Session

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some wins and losses after a protracted legislative session that resulted in two overtime sessions.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s record.

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Washington Budget
6:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Washington Legislature Adjourns, Budget Signed In Nick Of Time

Governor Jay Inslee prepares to sign a new two-year state operating budget into law, officially averting a government shutdown.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature adjourned over the weekend. And late Sunday Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a new state budget. It officially averted a government shutdown Monday. The Democratic governor offered this list of what he considers highlights in the budget.

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Washington Budget
5:08 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Washington Senate Passes Budget

Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 4:55 pm

The Washington Senate has passed a two-year operating budget on a 44 to 4 vote. It now goes to the House for debate.

The sudden momentum in Olympia Friday follows weeks of budget gridlock. But in order to find common ground, both the House and Senate gave up things they wanted. That included all but one tax exemption that Democrats proposed to repeal.

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