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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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UPDATE: Gov. Inslee, 200-300 senior citizens to take a stroll around Capitol grounds at noon Thursday

UPDATE – About 200 seniors joined Gov. Inslee for the short walk today.  He also signed a proclamation for Older Americans Month.

Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to take a short walk with Washington senior citizens on the Capitol Campus on Thursday, part of the Washington Senior Lobby’s events inside the Legislative Building to mark Older Americans Month.

The noon walk from the state Capitol steps grew out of an impromptu promise Inslee made March 11 during a telephone town hall with AARP Washington members. The Democrat said at the time that walking is important to health and he suggested

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WEA rally draws more than 1,000; Gov. Inslee vows to seek more revenue

The Washington Education Association brought more than 1,000 activists to the Olympia for a rally on the Capitol steps today. Union president Mary Lindquist, who is handing over the reins of the teachers union to Everett activist Kim Mead, said they brought 23 busloads of union members from WEA’s convention in Bellevue.

Lindquist outlined three messages for the Legislature as it goes into special session – money for class size reductions, money for cost-of-living pay raises for teachers, and action to raise tax revenues.

“We’re going to go into special session and we’ll be down here pounding on their doors

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House tax package clears first committee on party-line vote; beer no longer in $900M bill

The House Finance Committee has voted 8-to-5 along party lines to approve a $900 million tax package. The biggest piece of House Bill 2038 is the permanent extension of a business-occupations tax surcharge that otherwise expires in June. But in its scaled-back form, it no longer extends the temporary tax surcharge on beer that was adopted in 2010.

Republicans offered a series of amendments seeking to omit elements of the package – everything from closure of a tax-break for out of state shoppers to a tax on certain imports and bottled water. A final striking amendment from

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UPDATE – Democratic lawmakers defend failure to pass gun control bill during 22nd LD town hall

A legislative town hall meeting at the Capitol on Saturday morning sent clear messages to 22nd Legislative District lawmakers about things they already knew: They should keep working to pass a background-checks law for all gun buyers, raise revenues by closing tax exemptions or passing an income tax, and protect the elderly and infirm from further budget cuts.

The trio of Democratic lawmakers in the liberal district – Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County, Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia and Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater – defended their failure to produce results on a universal background checks bill that locked

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South Sound lawmakers in the 2nd, 22nd districts holding town hall meetings on Saturday


Republican Reps. Gary Alexander and J.T. Wilcox are planning a few town hall meetings Saturday in the 2nd Legislative District. The three events are in:

  •  Graham – 10-11 a.m.: Graham Fire Station No. 4, 23014 70th Avenue E.
  •  Lacey – 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Lacey Fire Station No. 34, 8407 Steilacoom Road SE.
  • Yelm – 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Avenue SE,

More details are here. The 2nd is a sprawling district that runs from the outskirts of south Lacey to Rainier, Yelm, and into Eatonville in Pierce County.


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22nd District lawmakers Fraser, Hunt, Reykdal holding town hall Saturday, March 16



The three state legislators representing Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater plan a town hall meeting for voters on Saturday, March 16, at the O’Brien Building on the state Capitol Campus. Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County, Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia and Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater are all Democrats.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in House Hearing Room A on the ground floor of O’Brien. Rep. Hunt announced the event today in a newsletter to constituents including links for a campus map and also parking information.

There is no charge for on-campus parking

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