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Tag: Majority Coalition Caucus

June
12th

UPDATE: State Revenue Dept. to send out 10 estate-tax refunds worth $13 million starting Friday

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Inslee‘s office says estate tax refund checks won’t actually go into the mail until Friday morning, which is when the Revenue Department is back in court on another lawsuit seeking a refund under the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling. Meantime,  Senate and House lawmakers are in talks to seek if they can get a deal done by midnight Thursday.

ORIGINAL POSTWith no legal fix immediately in the offing for Washington state’s estate tax, the Department of Revenue is moving ahead and issuing $13 million worth of refunds – plus

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April
18th

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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Feb.
28th

Senate committee rejects two-thirds vote option for all bills but it does OK bill asking voters to put super-majority for taxes in Constitution

Just hours after the Washington state Supreme Court struck down an initiative requiring a two-thirds supermajority requirement for tax votes, Senate Republicans pushed through a bill in the Ways and Means Committee Thursday that would ask voters to write the rule into the state Constitution instead.

The nearly party-line vote was 13-to-10, with Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom voting with the rest of his Senate Majority Coalition Caucus members.

Members of both parties sounded a bit grumpy as they traded speeches on Senate Joint Resolution 8205. , which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Pam

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Feb.
18th

Democrats gather tonight for Lacey crab feed still feeling wins from 2012 elections

Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington’s three newest members of Congress are featured speakers tonight at the state Democratic Party’s yearly crab feed fund raiser in Lacey. The $50 per person event starts after 5 p.m. at the Saint Martin’s University Pavilion. It follows an all-day grassroots organizing forum that runs all day at the college campus.

For details on the event to here. The tone of the crab feed event should mostly be celebratory – in that party chairman Dwight Pelz’s forces held onto the Governor’s Office for an eighth straight election, longest current streak in the

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Feb.
1st

UPDATE – Senate Democrats say GOP coalition getting ahead of itself

Whether it’s new bills seeking reforms to K-12 schools or the worker compensation system, Senate Democrats complained today [Friday] that the Republican-dominated Senate majority is getting ahead of itself. Democratic Leader Ed Murray of Seattle and other members of his caucus met with reporters, suggesting that school reform bills recently heard in committee were based on legislation from other states like Florida and Louisiana, and they even tried to draw links the Tea Party and conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

Sen. Nick Harper of Everett posted a diatribe about the bills, including a proposal to hold back 8-year-olds

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