Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will announce a plan at 11 a.m. today to bridge the state’s budget shortfall and put new money toward public schools to start complying with a court mandate. Rather than a full budget plan, Inslee’s proposal will build on the one released last year by his predecessor, Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Republicans said Wednesday they expected Inslee’s plan to extend a 2010 tax increase on businesses such as lawyers, accountants and real estate agents.
Inslee has said his plan would close a series of tax breaks. Environmentalists were watching to see if he proposes ending an exemption on oil refineries worth $63 million.
The Washington State Dream Act, formally known as House Bill 1817, will receive a hearing before the Senate Committee on Higher Education. The proposal would make some illegal immigrants with special immigration status eligible for the college State Need Grant. Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, is the bill’s sponsor. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m.