washington budget

Inslee Budget
4:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Washington Governor Prepares To Release Budget, Taxes To Pay For It

File photo of the Washington State Capitol
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:50 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been on a three-day road show to showcase his plans for education, transportation and climate change.

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Tax Proposal
4:31 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Washington Governor Likely To Propose Robust Tax Package

According to the governor’s budget director, Gov. Jay Inslee has planned to propose a mix of cuts and revenues to balance the upcoming two-year budget.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is likely to propose a more than $1 billion revenue package when he unveils his proposed two-year budget next week.

That’s according to the governor’s budget director who briefed reporters Tuesday at the Capitol.

Washington is expected to take in nearly $3 billion more in taxes over the next two years. Even so, the governor’s budget office anticipated a nearly $2.5 billion shortfall. A school funding lawsuit and cost of living raises for state and K-12 employees are two big ticket items.

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Class Size Initiative
4:59 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Washington Class Size Measure Puts $2 Billion Dent in State Budget

Washington class size initiative puts squeeze on budget.
Credit Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

Washington’s budget outlook is suddenly $2 billion in the red largely because of a class size reduction measure just approved by Washington voters.

That initiative adds to an already challenging budget picture when lawmakers convene in January.

“I think we have a significant problem here and we have work to do,” Democrat Ross Hunter said. He’s the chief budget writer in the Washington House.

Hunter believes additional tax revenues will be needed to balance the next budget. Senate Republican budget chair Andy Hill disagrees.

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