Good morning and welcome to the last scheduled week of the legislative session. We’ll see if lawmakers can hash out an agreement in the next four days to make this truly their last week.
- The next step is for House members to pass a tax package, which could happen today. That would set up negotiations with the Senate, where tax increases squeaked through Sunday, most notably a three-tenths-of-a-cent sales tax increase. No Republicans voted for it, but six Democrats including Sen. Derek Kilmer bucked their party to oppose it.
- The Senate and House Ways and Means committees are meeting today to deal with budget and tax matters. The Senate capital budget, calling for a new prison somewhere in western Washington that would replace the one on McNeil Island, could get its first vote.
- Also up in Senate Ways and Means: a tax break for data centers, the massive bunkers full of computer servers. It’s just for rural counties, but now Pierce County wants in.