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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Budget Deal
3:15 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Washington Governor Announces Budget Deal, No Shutdown

Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 5:19 pm

The Washington legislature hopes to deliver a budget to Governor Jay Inslee by the end of business Friday. This after the House and Senate reached a handshake deal on a $33.6 billion state budget for the next two years. The agreement – after weeks of negotiations – should avert a government shutdown on Monday.

The official announcement came from Governor Inslee who was flanked by legislative leaders. “We are happy," he said. "And I know we are all relieved, to report to you that lawmakers have reached agreement on an operating budget for the next biennium.”

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Oregon Budget
5:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Oregon Senate Changes Course, Approves Schools Budget

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:04 pm

A major component of the Oregon budget is on the move in the legislature again. The Oregon Senate Wednesday signed off on the spending plan for K-12 schools. It comes one week after the same budget proposal failed.

Oregon schools get the bulk of their money through the legislature. This budget would represent a sizable boost over last time. But the proposal failed on the Senate floor last week when one Democrat joined with all of the Republicans to block it.

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Government Shutdown
6:45 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Campgrounds, And Other Services, Would Close In Wash. Government Shutdown

A spokesperson for Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday lawmakers have agreed to large components of a new state budget and are working through smaller details. They’re running out of time to agree on a two-year budget deal before the existing budget expires this Sunday.

  Meanwhile, 34 state agencies are preparing to close Monday if there’s no deal by then. Virginia Painter with the state parks department says this would be just in time for their busiest week of the year, surrounding the Fourth of July.

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Washington Budget
4:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Inslee Reports Budget 'Breakthroughs' As Layoff Notices Go Out

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:27 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says a budget deal in Olympia is “imminent” – even as state workers start to receive layoff notices. At a news conference Monday afternoon, the Democrat reported significant breakthroughs in budget negotiations.

A shutdown of state government is now one week away. That’s why temporary layoff notices are going out to state employees. That’s a requirement of labor contracts. Governor Inslee says he feels “enormous frustration” there wasn’t a budget deal in time to avert the notices.

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Washington Budget
4:22 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

As Washington Budget Negotiations Heat Up, Shutdown Details Emerge

Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 3:45 pm

The push is on to get a final budget deal in Olympia. Top legislative leaders met Thursday to see if they could bridge their final differences. Meanwhile, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what a July 1 government shutdown would look like if there’s no agreement.

The governor’s office says without a new budget, 34 state agencies and commissions would completely shut down on July 1st. Another 24 would partially shutter. On the closure list: state parks, the lottery, and some mental health services.

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Washington Budget
4:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Big Revenue Boost Could Break Budget Logjam In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 2:49 pm

There’s suddenly a flurry of talk in Olympia about a quick resolution to the weeks-long budget stalemate. The change in rhetoric follows Tuesday’s positive revenue and caseload forecasts.

Budget writers will now have an additional $300 million-plus to help bridge their differences. They can thank a recovering housing market and improved consumer confidence.

The House and Senate have been locked in a partisan fight over whether to raise additional revenues by closing some tax exemptions. This new money could now fill that gap.

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Revenue Forecast
5:20 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hope For Positive Revenue Forecast

As budget negotiations drag on, an empty hallway and a “No Meetings Scheduled” message board greet visitors to the House office building in Olympia.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Protracted budget talks in Olympia could see a breakthrough after Tuesday’s release of an updated revenue forecast. That’s the quarterly report that projects how much money will flow into state tax coffers in the coming months.

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Oregon Budget
5:03 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Oregon K-12 Budget Hits Legislative Roadblock

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:58 pm

The largest portion of the Oregon state spending plan hit a major roadblock in the legislature Monday.

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