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Archives: June 2013

June
30th

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee signs operating budget that ensures government can operate Monday

UPDATE : The governor’s list of vetoes is linked here.

ORIGINAL POST: Gov. Jay Inslee put pen to paper and signed an operating budget Sunday afternoon that authorizes spending by state government agencies for the next two years. Lawmakers had approved the plan Friday evening just in time to head off a government shutdown on July 1.

“Again we’ve done good things in tough times,’’ Inslee said in a 4:15 p.m. bill-signing session at the Capitol that was attended by a handful of lawmakers and about two-dozen legislative and gubernatorial staffers who clapped when he signed it. The Democrat

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June
29th

UDATE: Lawmakers pass $3.6 billion capital-construction budget and adjourn; $82M for possible new Olympia office building in mix

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Inslee signed the capital budget bills into law Monday.

ORIGINAL POST: The state House and Senate passed a $3.6 billion capital-construction budget on lopsided votes Saturday and lawmakers – who were running on fumes after 153 days – adjourned their special session at 6:08 p.m. Lawmakers had passed an operating budget Friday evening to avert a government shutdown, which loomed Monday if the Legislature had failed to pass a budget authorizing spending after  July 1.

Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sign the two-year operating budget at 4 p.m. Sunday along with a few other policy bills.

Republican Sen. Bruce

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June
28th

UPDATE 2 – Lawmakers on verge of OK’ing 16 tax exemptions – with new tools to ensure public benefit

In a year Gov. Jay Inslee and other Democrats pledged to shut tax “loopholes” to help raise money for public schools, it appears the House and Senate  are going to pass far more new or extended tax breaks into law than the two exemptions they are closing in response to court rulings on the estate tax and telecom services.

One might say tax breaks are still alive and well – perhaps even thriving – in Washington state. The Republican-steered Senate has made the exemptions a key demand in exchange for closing the telecom tax break.

The value of the

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June
27th

UPDATE – Inslee: There’s a deal to avert government shutdown

Gov. Jay Inslee held a brief press conference this morning to announce a budget deal has been reached and a state-government shutdown is averted on Monday. The Democrat hopes the Senate and House send him the agreement for signing by 5 p.m. Friday and he said government operations will continue Monday as normal.

Inslee refused to take questions during the brief press conference at which he was joined by Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, House Speaker Frank Chopp, ranking House Republican budget writer Gary Alexander and others.

The governor’s statement is here:

“I am happy

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June
26th

Governor’s office highlights effects of potential shutdown

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The state Department of Social and Health Services will send thousands of people letters informing them that they may stop receiving social services starting July 1 if no budget deal is reached by the end of the day Wednesday, spokeswoman Chris Case said.

The agency has been waiting as long it can to avoid alarming its clients, expecting that a budget deal will emerge out of the Legislature at any time, Case said.  But now a potential government shutdown is now only four days away, and the agency is obligated to legally notify clients in writing that

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June
26th

UPDATE – Lawmakers still high-centered on budget, fish rules; Boeing explains its interest

A request by Boeing and Senate Republicans for additional research into fish-consumption risks is one of several smaller issues still holding up the Legislature’s quest to finish an operating budget deal Wednesday. The Republican-led Senate announced a deal was in place and both House Speaker Frank Chopp and spokesmen for Gov. Jay Inslee said that announcement was premature because negotiations were ongoing.

In the meantime, talks continued on the fish-standards issue that reared its head fairly late in the budget talks. Boeing wants more study before the Department of Ecology adopts higher fish-consumption standards. Inslee’s budget team and House

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June
25th

UPDATE: Legislature adjourns; still on bubble of a budget deal

State lawmakers were still in a holding pattern early Tuesday evening, awaiting work by Senate Republican and House Democratic negotiators on remaining pieces of a two-year budget deal. Sunday is the deadline for passing a budget and getting it signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in order to avoid an unprecedented government shutdown that would begin July 1.

Inslee reported a “breakthrough” on Monday that he expected at the time to produce final agreements within hours. But disagreements over provisos and some policies  - including a reported insistence by Boeing on a proviso to further study fish-consumption standards – remained.

Also

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June
25th

$30M for Marvin Road interchange in Lacey added to House transpo bill

The state House approved an amendment to its $10 billion transportation legislation Tuesday that added $30 million for improvements to the Interstate 5 interchange at Marvin Road in Lacey. Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, sponsored the amendment, which was adopted on an unrecorded vote.

Final passage of the larger House transportation measures – including House Bill 1955 and HB 1954– was postponed, possibly to Wednesday.

Hunt said the interchange had fallen out of the conversation as the transportation talks bogged down earlier in the session but that Lacey recently brought it back to lawmakers’ attention.

In a floor

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