Today is the last day for House policy committees to vote on bills, unless they affect the budget.
Measures hanging on the deadline include a Republican-backed proposal allowing employers to pay new hires a training wage, 75 percent of minimum wage. It’s up for a public hearing this morning.
Another hearing on a GOP priority — this one on a budget-related measure — will take a look at whether lawmakers should write a separate budget for K-12 education. Here’s our post about Rep. Bruce Dammeier’s proposal and here’s the Tri-City Herald’s preview of the hearing.
Another public hearing will look at adding a $10 surcharge to some business and professional licenses, money that would go to Washington’s work-study program. It’s Senate Bill 6447.
In the legislative halls, transportation advocates organized by Transportation for Washington plan a day of lobbying on revenue and reform issues.