budget

Gas Tax
4:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Washington Senate To Wait And See On Gas Tax Package

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 3:19 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Transportation leaders in the Washington Senate have proposed what they call a “barebones” roads, ferries and transit budget for the next two years. The spending plan rolled out Wednesday in Olympia includes no new sources of funding for highway projects.

Republican Curtis King co-chairs the Senate Transportation committee. At a press conference, he acknowledged there’s a lot of pressure for a gas tax package this year.

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Senate Budget Proposal
4:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Washington Senate Budget: More Money For Education, No 'Loophole' Closures

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 3:22 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mostly Republican majority in the Washington state Senate has unveiled its budget proposal. It would put $1 billion more into basic education without raising taxes. The spending blueprint released Wednesday contrasts sharply with what Governor Jay Inslee proposed last week.

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Washington Dream Act
6:38 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Washington Dream Act Unlikely to Clear Senate

Supporters of the so-called Washington Dream Act plan to make one more uphill push in Olympia Tuesday. The measure would extend state financial aid to eligible college students who are in the US illegally. Hopes for the bill dwindled this weekend as a key state senator spoke out against the measure. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

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Financing Education
4:57 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Washington Governor Shifts Emphasis To Sell Tax Package For Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the campaign trail, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about financing education by growing the economy. Now the Democrat proposes to raise $1.2 billion for schools by extending some tax increases and ending some tax breaks.

In Spokane last June I moderated the first gubernatorial debate between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. And I put this question to both candidates: if elected, would you ask voters to support a new tax for schools to respond to the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling that the state is not adequately funding education.

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Washington Budget
6:48 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Governor: End Tax Breaks, Extend Expiring Taxes To Fund Schools

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to close or curtail a dozen tax breaks and continue a couple of tax increases that are about to expire. The money raised – more than a billion dollars – would be earmarked for public schools. The plan unveiled Thursday is part of the Democrat’s budget priorities for the next two years. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Advocates Rally In Olympia For Medicaid Expansion

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:12 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – More than 100 health care advocates gathered in Olympia in support of Medicaid expansion Thursday. It coincided with an announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee, unveiling his budget priorities. His proposal includes an expansion of Medicaid.

That pleases Lauren Granger, a healthcare worker at the rally.

“I really hope that the legislature hears this message and isn’t pinching pennies in the wrong place and just have it be more expensive later on,” she says.

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Public Pensions
4:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Opponents Pack PERS Hearing In Salem

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:41 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Public employees in Oregon are voicing their objections to a measure aimed at cutting the cost of public pensions. They packed a legislative hearing in Salem Wednesday. Legislative budget-writers have floated a proposal that would limit cost of living increases for retired workers.

James Jacobsen is an administrative assistant in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He expects to retire in about four years. And he says lawmakers are looking for cash in the wrong place.

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Public Pension Proposal
5:42 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Oregon Democrats Prepare For Backlash Against Public Pension Proposal

Oregon State Capitol in Salem
Credit Jessica Paterson / Flickr

Democrats in the Oregon legislature are bracing themselves for a backlash against a public pension cost cutting proposal they released Monday. The plan would create a sliding scale to cap cost of living increases for retired public workers. Budget-writers hope to apply the savings to education funding.

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Washington Revenue Forecast
4:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Washington Budget Writers Catch A Break; Revenues Holding Steady

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 3:55 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Budget writers in Olympia are breathing a sigh of relief. Despite the federal sequester and other risks to the economy, the state’s new revenue forecast out Wednesday is mostly flat. Even so, Washington lawmakers still face a $1 billion-plus shortfall and a court-ordered down payment for public schools.

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Funding Higher Education
5:12 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Washington Senate Majority Wants More Higher Ed Funding

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 5:11 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mostly Republican majority in the Washington state Senate want to spend an extra $300 million on higher education. Tuesday, Republican budget-writers unveiled a plan that would increase money universities receive and fully fund the state’s prepaid tuition program.

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