Washington Budget

Wash. Budget Signed
4:44 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Wash. Gov To Candidates For Gov: New Education Tax Needed

Governor Chris Gregoire Poses For An Official Photo With Lawmakers After Signing The Newly Rebalanced State Budget
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has a message for both leading candidates to replace her next year. The state will need to find a new, dedicated source of funding for education. The Democrat made her comments Wednesday at a ceremony to sign a newly rebalanced state budget.

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Wash. Budget Passed
4:04 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Blow Midnight Deadline, But Finish Their Work

State employee and local union president Thornton Alberg watches House floor action on the 30th day of the special session.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It was a dramatic night at the Washington state capitol as lawmakers missed a midnight deadline to rebalance the state budget. That forced Governor Chris Gregoire to declare yet another overtime session. Just a short while later lawmakers wrapped up their work and adjourned.

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No Budget Yet
5:45 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wash. Gov Tries To Negotiate Eleventh Hour Go-Home Deal

Still no Washington State budget during overtime session.
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Tuesday to rebalance the state budget. That’s when the clock runs out on the 30-day overtime session. Legislative negotiators huddled behind closed doors for several hours Monday with the governor.

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Wash. Budget
6:01 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Wash. House Dems Unveil New Budget, Republicans Pan It

Washington House to vote on new budget Thursday.
Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington House Democrats have a new plan to rebalance the state budget and go home. The proposed spending blueprint unveiled Wednesday abandons a controversial delayed payment to school districts. But it would also leave less cash-on-hand in case of an emergency. Majority Leader Pat Sullivan says the House hopes to use the budget to kick start stalled negotiations.

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Wash. Budget
3:39 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Wash. Governor Refuses To Sign Bills, “Mad” Over Pace Of Budget Talks

State Sen. Rodney Tom, one of three break-away Democrats, speaks about a new budget proposal from the Senate’s “philosophical majority
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Nearly a week into Washington’s special session and there’s no sign of a budget deal. Now, an angry Governor Chris Gregoire is refusing to sign dozens of bills in protest over the pace of negotiations.

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Wash. Budget
3:45 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Washington Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Budget

Washington legislators still at odds over how to balance state budget..
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Washington state lawmakers continue to talk about how to solve a disagreement over the state budget. A special overtime session started this week. They’re trying to close a budget gap of about $500 million.

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WSU Budget
4:39 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Washington State University Funding Looking Better Than In Recent Years

Bryan Tower on the WSU campus. WSU is hopeful about a better budget outlook.
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Washington State University officials are cautiously optimistic that the steep budget cuts in state funding so common in recent years may be over.

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