New state revenue report improves climate for budget talks, but will it end all talk of closing tax loopholes?
Two forecasts of state revenue and caseloads lent $320 million of new hope Tuesday at the Capitol that a budget deal can be brokered in time to avoid any potential shutdown of state services on July 1.
But while Senate Majority Coalition leaders contended the new money takes all new taxes off the table – and while they offered to drop business-backed demands for changes to the state-run workers compensation system – House Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget writers were still looking at options.
The Democrats were still looking for ways to protect the social safety net …