House budgeters could vote today on several ideas for slimming down the state’s array of tax breaks, plus adding a capital gains tax. Here’s the Ways and Means agenda.
Last night, the House worked late into the evening and passed House Democrats’ version of the budget. The AP’s Rachel La Corte has details on the plan here.
Republicans voted en masse against the budget along with three Democrats, Reps. Deb Eddy of Kirkland, Fred Finn of Thurston County and Mark Miloscia of Federal Way.
The House also sent a measure to Gov. Chris Gregoire that overhauls teacher evaluations, making no changes to a bipartisan deal. La Corte has a report on that one too.
The deal has been criticized as going too far by the teachers’ union, which is worried that educators will be targeted arbitrarily, and as too weak by those upset that it leaves teacher layoffs and reassignments subject to local collective bargaining. Just 16 lawmakers voted no, mostly liberal Democrats. Two Republicans, Rep. John Ahern of Spokane and Rep. Mike Hope of Lake Stevens, joined them.
Democrats voting no included Rep. Steve Kirby of Tacoma and Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia.