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UPDATE – House Maj. Leader Sullivan says Democrats’ new budget offer goes ‘more than half way’ to meet Senate GOP

In a bid to break their budget logjam with the Republican Senate, House Democrats put a new budget offer on the table Wednesday that sharply reduces their previous spending targets and tax-hike plans. The new bill, an amendment to House Bill 1057, cuts $790 million in spending from the Democrats’ original plans and jettisons $800 million in new tax revenues previously sought.

A Republican-led coalition that runs the Senate immediately threw cold water on the plan, claiming Democrats were failing to pay for children’s education first.

The Legislature’s 30-day special session runs out next

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First good news of special session? State revenue collections bump up $57.6M above monthly forecast

On the same day Gov. Jay Inslee brought lawmakers to town to end a $1.2 billion budget impasse in special session, new data were released on state revenue collections showing a $57.6 million increase above forecasts for the past month. That amount pushes the gains over the March forecast to $86.4 million cumulatively, but the figures won’t move the needle on budget talks that are moving at glacial speed at the Capitol.

In releasing its monthly tax-collections report on Monday, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council listed a caveat or two – including that more than half of the good

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GOP Sen. Dammeier says $1B for schools is under consideration

Lawmakers have been reluctant to say too precisely how much money they’ll put toward K-12 public schools to answer a Supreme Court ruling that found the state is failing to meet its constitutional obligations. But in a Sunday forum drawing education leaders in Olympia, Republican Sen. Bruce Dammeier of Puyallup said his caucus will be proposing a “significant” investment in the “billionish range,” according to this blog post by Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald.

Cornfield went on to write:

Sitting alongside Dammeier in the panel, Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said he’d like to see lawmakers

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School panic alarm bill moving forward, sans “mantraps”

A proposal for schools to install panic alarms to alert police of an intruder is moving forward in the Senate, though it has been stripped of language that would have required schools to also install “mantraps.”

Senate Bill 5197, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, would require school districts to implement an alert system by December 2014 to notify law enforcement of an emergency more quickly. Schools could follow guidelines established by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to get their system up and running, the bill says.

An earlier version of the bill would have required new

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