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WSU Everett
4:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

WSU Delays Academic Programs In Everett

Washington State University

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:50 pm

Washington State University has scrapped plans to expand its academic offerings at a satellite college center in Everett. It blames budget uncertainty in the Washington State legislature.

Colleen Kerr is the lead spokeswoman on the project for WSU. She says the university made the announcement Thursday because it can’t pull together the additional degree offerings planned to begin in August if funding isn’t secure.

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Estate Tax Refunds
4:15 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Washington Estate Tax Refunds Go Out Friday, Unless Legislature Acts

Washington lawmakers have until the end of the month to pass a budget – if they hope to avoid a government shutdown. But there’s another costly deadline looming this week.

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Second Special Session
4:34 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Inslee Announces Second Special Session, Prepares For Government Shutdown

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference in Olympia.
Credit Christina Salerno / TVW

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will call lawmakers back into a second special session beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday. He’s also beginning preparations for a government shutdown on July 1 if there’s no deal by then.

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Oregon Budget
3:59 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Still No Agreement On Revenue, Pensions In Oregon Legislature

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:54 pm

Oregon lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on money for K-12 education. But final approval of the spending plan likely won't happen until later this month.

On the table right now is $6.75 billion for Oregon schools. That's a sizable jump over the current spending plan. But some of the state's largest districts say even with that increase, they'd still need to cut teachers or school days.

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Washington Budget
4:41 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Time Is Nearly Up For Washington Budget Deal

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:55 am

Washington’s overtime legislative session ends at midnight on Tuesday. But there’s still no agreement on a state budget for the next two years.

Over the weekend, the mostly Republican senate majority passed a revised version of its own spending plan, along with a trio of controversial policy measures.

The three policy bills are not new, the Senate passed them during the regular session. The difference is two of them now have referendum clauses, meaning voters would get the final say.

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Washington Budget
4:03 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Washington House Democrats Abandon Some Taxes In 'Compromise' Offer

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:57 pm

Washington House Democrats have abandoned some proposed tax increases, but not others, in what they call a “significant compromise” budget offer to the Senate. The public unveiling Wednesday of a slimmed down House spending plan comes as the clock is running out on the current overtime session with still no budget deal.

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Special Session
5:06 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Washington Budget Impasse Prompts Finger Pointing

There is one week left in Washington’s special legislative session.
Credit Bluedisk / Wikimedia Commons

There’s one week left in Washington’s special legislative session and still no budget deal. Governor Jay Inslee and the Senate majority caucus held dueling news conferences Tuesday complete with plenty of finger-pointing.

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Deeper Cuts in Oregon
7:38 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Southern Oregon Counties Prepare for Deeper Cuts After Safety Levies Fail

Voters in two Southwest Oregon counties have defeated short-term property tax increases that would have raised revenue for public safety. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Public Safety Measure
6:32 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lane County Public Safety Measure Passes

The Lane County levy for jail and youth services passed with 56%. KLCC’s Lucy Ohlsen was at the yes-on-213 watch party, where Sheriff Thomas Turner celebrated with supporters.

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Corporate Kicker
4:11 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Increased Corporate Tax Collections Could Trigger Oregon's Kicker Rebate

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 3:22 pm

Better-than-expected tax collections could trigger Oregon's unique kicker law, at least for corporations. The rebate is issued if revenues exceed initial projections by more than two percent. A newly released revenue forecast noted Thursday that business taxes have been robust enough to cross that threshold.

But state economist Mark McMullen says a final tally won't be made until later this year. "We believe that a kicker is better than a 50-50 shot. But not a sure thing. That came with a big surge in corporate taxes at the beginning of the year."

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