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State revenue collection ticks up $7.5 million above forecast in July monthly report

Washington’s state government revenues held up for another month, ticking $7.5 million higher than the June forecast which had furnished  enough new revenue to let lawmakers settle their differences and pass a budget.

You can see the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council’s full monthly revenue-collections report on June 11 to July 10 collections here. 

The improved revenue comes as state jobless rates are still falling and retail sales are growing, despite slowing job growth overall and a recent decline in aerospace industry jobs. The additional money is actually

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UPDATE – Libertarian group files sweeping records request for evidence of state agency bias such as using words like ‘Tea Party,’ ‘gun nut,’ ‘redneck,’ ‘hick’ and ‘Mormon’

In a move inspired by the IRS’ scrutiny of ‘tea party’ and other groups, the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation has filed records requests with four Washington state agencies asking for employee emails and other documents using 18 different phrases or words such as “Tea Party” or “Mormon” or “redneck.”

The search is for all documents created since January 2010. The search terms include everything from gun nut to NRA, Freedom Foundation, libertarian, conservative, Catholic, Christian, right wing, far right, racist, teabagger, and hicks.

“We tried to come up with terms that we thought would be logical to be

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Rep. Marcie Maxwell leaving state House for education adviser job with Gov. Inslee’s administration

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell put out a statement Tuesday saying she is resigning her seat in the Legislature to take a senior education-adviser role in Gov. Jay Inslee‘s executive policy office later in July.

Maxwell, a Renton Democrat serving the 41st District, was the House Democrats’ deputy majority leader for education and opportunity, and her House committees included Education, Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. The Governor’s Office confirmed the appointment.

Here is the statement issued by Maxwell:

State Representative Marcie Maxwell is announcing her resignation from elected office to accept a new position in statewide service.  This month, Maxwell

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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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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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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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UPDATE – No budget deal in sight; Inslee’s team waiting to Monday for decision on sending layoff notices to thousands of workers

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office won’t make its final decision on sending out temporary layoff notices to thousands of state government workers until morning – giving lawmakers a bit more time to forge a late-night or early morning budget agreement.

“A decision likely wouldn’t come until tomorrow,” spokesman Ralph Thomas of the Office of Financial Management said early Sunday evening. “We’re still waiting to see if they get a deal tonight.’’

ORIGINAL POST: Budget negotiators for the Republican-steered Senate and Democrat-controlled House were trading offers and deliberating behind closed doors in Olympia Sunday afternoon in search of a budget deal

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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

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