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Special session update: Day 23

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 18, 2011 at 10:06 am |
May 18, 2011 10:06 am

Lawmakers took a few steps forward on Tuesday. It must have been exhausting; the House isn’t meeting again until Monday, two days before the deadline for adjourning the special session.

The Senate is here and will convene its budget committee, which plans to consider raising taxes on businesses that receive preferential tax rates. Sen. Phil Rockefeller‘s bill would increase the tax rates on a host of businesses — insurance agents, meat processors, newspapers and many more. They would go about a quarter of the way up to the higher rates paid by other businesses. It would also eliminate a couple of tax breaks, including one for banks.

The panel also holds a public hearing on a bill that would require teacher layoffs to be based on performance, not seniority. Gov. Chris Gregoire has threatened to veto the bill.

Elsewhere in Olympia, the Legislative Ethics Board meets, the state Transportation Commission will hear an updates on toll projects including the Tacoma Narrows bridge, and the Redistricting Commission continues work to prepare for redrawing political boundaries.

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