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UPDATE – House passes estate tax bill on 55-33 vote; deal with Senate GOP exempts some family-owned business assets

UPDATE: The House vote on the new version of the estate tax passed on a 53-to-33 vote this morning. A few Republican members objected to making the law retroactive to include certain estate trusts formed prior to 2005 that are now eligible for tax refunds after a 2012 court ruling.

Republican Reps. Gary Alexander of Thurston County and Chad Magendanz of Issaquah voted with Democrats in favor. Alexander said he had qualms about the policy but thought the bill might ease the budget stalemate.


ORIGINAL POST: House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan and Finance Committee chair Reuven Carlyle say they and

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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 – Senate GOP calls press conference to blame House, Democrats for all-but-certain special session

UPDATE: As several Senate Democrats pointed out on Thursday, Republicans’ political campaign committee is holding a fundraiser at Monday at a private residence in Olympia. The event, which is confirmed in an email obtained by reporters today, is at 9 a.m. in a home owned by lobbyists Steve and Kathleen Gano near the Capitol. Whether lawmakers are in session Monday or not, the fundraiser would not violate the state’s freeze on fundraising for officials during session. 

On a day their budget negotiators had more talks with Gov. Jay Inslee and also House Democratic budget leaders, a half-dozen Republicans in the Senate Majority Coalition called

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Ready for a road trip? As special session beckons, Senate Majority Leader Tom suggests statewide budget tour

If Washington state lawmakers ever sipped truth serum, they’d probably fess right up: A special session is just around the corner in Olympia. But with 10 days left in the regular 105-day session, and lots of political positioning still left to do, leaders are taking a more nuanced position on the dance floor.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom first insisted there was no need for a special session – as though wishing such things makes them so. But then he declared that he’d like to take Senate and House legislative leaders on a statewide tour – “20 towns

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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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House Speaker Chopp says 10-cent gas-tax proposal is a starting point for transpo funding talks

House Speaker Frank Chopp told reporters this afternoon that a possible $6 billion transportation package, including a phased-in 10-cent increase in the state gas tax over five years, is a conversation starter for the Legislature. He said it is too early to know if the 2-cents a year proposal should go to a vote of the public in November, or if the Legislature could get it done in Olympia.

Full details of the plan are due during the lunch hour when Democratic Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island lays out details of the plan. She has been working with a coalition of interest

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