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Tag: Andy Hill

April
10th

UPDATE – House Democrats budget proposal puts $1.9 billion extra into K-12; also raises $1.3 billion in new revenues

A lot of the attention in the House Democrats’ budget plan being unveiled during lunch today will be on the $1.34 billion in new revenues – including closed tax exemptions for oil refineries, bottled water, insurance agents, and out-of-state purchases of everything except cars.

The Democrats’ $34.5 billion budget, which House Appropriations chairman Ross Hunter has said he would not unveil if he didn’t have at least 50 votes to pass it, also spends at least $1.3 billion more than the Senate’s $33.2 billion spending plan that passed on a bipartisan vote of 30-to-18 Friday evening. An Appropriations hearing begins at

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April
6th

Key Democrats voted for Senate budget to avoid gridlock, set up House negotiation on revenue

In the end, 30 lawmakers in the divided Washington state Senate agreed on a budget Friday night that sent many messages and served one purpose above all others.

It got the Senate out of possible gridlock – even while some Republicans had qualms about the state’s growing reliance on federal health-care money to serve the poor and most Democrats voting in favor had criticisms about cutting aid to the poor, too.

“This is the new way of doing things,’’ Sen. Andy Hill, the Redmond Republican and leading budget author whose floor speech touched on the two-party effort to write the

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April
6th

Why liberal Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser voted for the GOP-led budget

The decision on whether to support a Senate Republican-crafted budget Friday night came down to a simple home-district principle for liberal Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County: collective bargaining.

The two-year budget plan that sailed off the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote of 30-18 had money in it to pay for all of the state’s more than two-dozen collective bargaining agreements – as well as a wage increase for low-paid home-care workers who work privately but are paid by tax dollars through Medicaid. At the same time, Fraser said it was a flawed budget

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April
3rd

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee takes a big swipe at the Senate Republicans’ budget that avoids closing tax breaks for schools

The Senate budget plan crafted by Republicans with help from minority Democrats has drawn a broadside from Gov. Jay Inslee for what he called “short term fixes and budget tricks.” The plan does not identify  new significant sources of revenue for public schools, which Inslee proposed last week in the form of extended taxes on beer and businesses and closure of tax breaks for select industries.

Republican Sen. Andy Hill, who was the principal architect of the $33.2 billion plan, touted it as strong on funding K-12 education, cutting tuition instead of increasing it at colleges, and avoiding new

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