The Politics Blog

The Politics Blog » Archive by category "State Budget" (Page 2)

The Politics Blog

NOTICE: The Politics Blog has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Politics Blog.
Visit the new section.

Category: State Budget

June
19th

State schools chief Dorn says Legislature is (still) falling short on K-12 funding

Leaders of the Republican-steered Senate and Democrat-controlled House continued talks on a two-year state budget Wednesday, but neither chamber’s budget plan for K-12 public schools measures up to the state Supreme Court’s mandate in the McCleary case.

That’s the opinion of state schools Superintendent Randy Dorn, who thinks lawmakers must put in about $1.4 billion in new money this year to avoid getting into a scrape with justices, who retained jurisdiction in the McCleary case. So far, $1 billion is the best offer still on the table and Dorn says he doesn’t think lawmaker shave the “stomach” to approve the

Read more »

June
18th

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

Read more »

June
17th

Olympia schools hope to sidestep trouble in July if state government shuts down

State schools superintendent Randy Dorn is warning that the Legislature’s failure to pass a state budget by Friday, June 21, means $45 million in aid to school districts may not go out as scheduled next month. In a news release last week Dorn said, “Most of the money is needed for child nutrition and special education.’’

State government agencies such as Dorn’s are going through exercises to see what a shutdown could mean. As we reported this morning, it likely means temporary furloughs for thousands of state workers, if the divided Legislature cannot get a budget in

Read more »

June
15th

Legislature adjourned officially until Monday but really it’s until Tuesday

After Thursday night’s marathon push to approve an estate tax and get it signed by Gov. Inslee before refunds checks went out in the morning, the Legislature is taking a bit of a breather. No further action took place Friday, and rank-and-file members in the House and Senate are getting the full weekend off.

Budget writers – led by Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, and Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina – are expected to continue talking Saturday. There was talk of moving those conversations north from Olympia to King County in order to limit travel time for the

Read more »

June
13th

Gov. Inslee canceling trade trip to Paris Air Show; U.S. Rep. Larsen going in his place

Gov. Jay Inslee said today he is canceling his scheduled Friday trip to the Paris Air Show to boost the state’s fortunes in aerospace. Mired in a second special legislative session, Inslee said he is asking U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett to go in his place, leading “a delegation of 52 aerospace executives, educators and economic professionals,” a news release says.

Larsen is ranking Democrat on the Democrat on the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee and his hometown is host to much of Boeing’s commercial airplanes work.

The governor’s full press release is here. An excerpt:

The air show is a

Read more »

June
13th

UPDATE – House passes estate tax bill on 55-33 vote; deal with Senate GOP exempts some family-owned business assets

UPDATE: The House vote on the new version of the estate tax passed on a 53-to-33 vote this morning. A few Republican members objected to making the law retroactive to include certain estate trusts formed prior to 2005 that are now eligible for tax refunds after a 2012 court ruling.

Republican Reps. Gary Alexander of Thurston County and Chad Magendanz of Issaquah voted with Democrats in favor. Alexander said he had qualms about the policy but thought the bill might ease the budget stalemate.

 

ORIGINAL POST: House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan and Finance Committee chair Reuven Carlyle say they and

Read more »

June
12th

Gov. Inslee, Cabinet start work to see which services can continue if government shuts down

Gov. Jay Inslee convened his Cabinet leaders Wednesday afternoon, and he gave the agency directors an outline to follow if the Legislature’s gridlock forces a state government shut down. The new budget cycle begins July 1 and agencies need a clear budget authorization to spend money for many services and programs.

A two-page memo from the governor’s budget director David Schumacher to agency directors and statewide elected officials asks them to make lists of services that can continue and those that cannot under a shut down.

Lists are due by 5 p.m.

Read more »

June
12th

UPDATE: State Revenue Dept. to send out 10 estate-tax refunds worth $13 million starting Friday

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Inslee‘s office says estate tax refund checks won’t actually go into the mail until Friday morning, which is when the Revenue Department is back in court on another lawsuit seeking a refund under the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling. Meantime,  Senate and House lawmakers are in talks to seek if they can get a deal done by midnight Thursday.

ORIGINAL POSTWith no legal fix immediately in the offing for Washington state’s estate tax, the Department of Revenue is moving ahead and issuing $13 million worth of refunds – plus

Read more »