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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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Washington Revenue Debate
7:45 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Washington Revenue Debate Not Over With Estate Tax “Fix”

The checks will not be in the mail Friday morning. Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation late Thursday night to halt the issuance of refunds to the heirs of some multi-million dollar estates. At a midnight bill signing, Inslee – a Democrat – praised the legislature for voting to fund schools in lieu of refunds for wealthy families. But he also said he wants lawmakers to find additional sources of revenue for the next budget.

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Estate Tax
4:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Deal Struck To Prevent Washington Estate Tax Refunds

Washington Legislature

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:48 pm

The Washington House and Senate have struck a deal that would forestall having to issue estate tax refunds starting Friday morning. House Democrats quickly passed the tax rewrite in response to an unfavorable court decision.

But the mostly Republican-controlled Senate has not yet voted. House Finance Chair Reuven Carlyle portrays it as a choice between money for school kids or refunds for wealthy estates.

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Second Special Session
4:04 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Washington Legislature Convenes Second Special Session

The electronic reader board in the Washington Senate announced the first day of the second special session.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The opening gavel has once again fallen in the Washington legislature.

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Oregon Lawmakers
5:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Some Bills Left Behind As Oregon Lawmakers Press For Adjournment

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 4:39 pm

Oregon lawmakers are pressing to clear a backlog of legislation. The House is planning morning and afternoon sessions to try to reach a hoped-for adjournment by the end of the month. But some measures appear to have fallen by the wayside.

A few examples:

• The bill to require daily flag salutes in Oregon public schools. It passed the House. But lawmakers in the Senate objected, and changed it to simply extend the current once-a-week flag salute to charter schools.

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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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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.
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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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Washington Special Session Agenda
4:48 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Governor Narrows Special Session Agenda

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Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:36 pm

The Washington legislature is back in session – for a 30-day extra inning. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday narrowed his agenda to three key items: the budget, a roads-and- transit funding package and a crackdown on impaired drivers.

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Special Session
7:24 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Special Session Starts With No Budget Deal

The Washington legislature reconvenes Monday for a 30-day special session. But there’s still no budget deal in sight – despite a two week break to negotiate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update from the Capitol.

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Dream Act
7:20 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Dreamers Pin Hopes on Special Session

As lawmakers reconvene in Olympia Monday, the headliner is the state budget. But immigrant advocates are pressing to get the Dream Act added to the lineup, too. Liz Jones has more.

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