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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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Thurston auditor race draws 2 candidates on first day: Gary Alexander (R) and Mary Hall (D)

Republican Gary Alexander and Democrat Mary Hall both filed to run for  Thurston County auditor Monday, the first day of filing week for the November election cycle.

Alexander, a state representative, was appointed to the job earlier this year by Thurston County commissioners, replacing Republican Kim Wyman, who won election last year as secretary of state. His official agency bio is here.

Hall, who serves as elections supervisor for Pierce County but lives in Thurston County, announced her plan to run earlier this year. Her campaign bio is here.



Report: Senate budget puts less into K-12 education than advertised

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget that is billed as a big new investment in education – without new taxes – apparently is not putting in as much new cash for K-12 public schools as previously thought. Just yesterday Brian Rosenthal of the Seattle Times dug in to some of the numbers and finds that it falls well short of claims to invest $1 billion in new money for schools.

Read the report here, and a takeaway excerpt is here:

The Senate’s two-year budget was advertised as a $1 billion funding increase for schools. But if you add up

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House approves $34.5B budget on 54-to-43 vote

The House budget battle with the state Senate is joined. By a 54-to-43 vote, House Democrats pushed through a $34.5 billion budget bill to fund Washington state government operations for 2013-15 on Friday. It  spends $1.3 billion more than what the Republican-steered Senate passed on a bipartisan vote one week ago.

The House plan also requires  $1.3 billion in new revenues. Only one Democrat, freshman Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver, crossed over to join Republicans, all of whom voted no.

Rachel LaCorte of The Associated Press has the story here:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state House

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UPDATE – House capital budget offers $82M replacement for GA building; $1M for Thurston Food Bank

In the other budget show at the Capitol today, the House Democrats laid out a $3.6 billion capital-construction plan that puts more into environmental programs than the Senate’s Republican-dominated coalition has proposed. It also funds several closely-watched South Sound projects.

The biggest surprise of all is a major $82 million office replacement project in Olympia. The House plan earmarks $18 million from state bonds and $64 million in future tenant rents to pay for replacement of the General Administration Building. The Washington State Patrol, Judicial Conduct Commission and other agencies still use the

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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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GA Building demolition picks up a vote of support

A consultant brought in last year to recommend whether to repair or replace the state’s General Administration Building said the best option – for the money – is to replace it fully with a new $161 million structure that could also hold the State Library.

That idea hasn’t gotten any immediate traction with the Legislature, and the Department of Enterprise Services did not ask for money in December to get that concept rolling. But Rep. Gary Alexander is hoping to breathe new life into the replacement-building idea outlined by consultant SRG – after he won

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U.S. Senate’s ‘symbolic’ vote on online taxes keeps cash-hopes alive in the Washington Legislature

The U.S. Senate voted 75-to-24 Friday to approve a budget amendment that doesn’t yet usher in a new era of taxing online retail sales in all states. But it did show that the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act has enough support to avoid a filibuster.

The National Conference of State Legislatures hailed the vote Friday night as a step toward states and local governments being able to collect some $23 billion in lost taxation. The state Department of Revenue estimated last year that Washington’s state and local governments could see a two-year windfall of up to $483

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