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Tag: Chris Reykdal


Morning update: Session day 45

Gov. Jay Inslee is signing the first bill of his career and first of the 2013 session today, the 45th day of the 105-day session, at 1 p.m.   Senate Bill 5147 deals with runaway youths and requires that unlicensed youth shelters and runaway programs provide information about the whereabouts of runaways to parents, police or the Department of Social and Health Services.

Also today, Seattle Seahawks football coach Pete Carroll will speak at the Legislature and later  meet with Inslee. Carroll’s A Better Seattle group is teaming up with the Northwest Leadership Foundation to promote youth programs. Carroll is

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Bill to end tax breaks for big banks moves forward

State legislators had their first chance Wednesday to vote on a bill that would end tax breaks to mitigate painful budget cuts, and freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives said they’ll make sure it’s not the last.

Despite Republican opposition, some Democrats said they’re throwing their political weight behind a bill that passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday to fund K-3 class-size reductions by ending a tax preference for banks, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get the controversial measure to a floor vote.

“I don’t think it’s a tough political issue at all,” said Rep. Laurie Jinkins, a Tacoma Democrat and the primary sponsor of House Bill 2078. “Are you going to give money to big banks who essentially drove us into the crisis we’re in or are you going to fund education?”

Jinkins and Rep. Chris Reykdal, another sponsor of the bill, said they would consider withholding their votes on a budget agreement if House leadership doesn’t bring the bill to a floor vote. If enough of the bill’s sponsors agree to do that, it could stall budget negotiations that have already dragged the Legislature into an overtime special session.

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