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Tag: Rodney Tom

June
11th

Ex-Senate budget-writer Dino Rossi has quietly been giving budget advice to Senate Majority Caucus

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus may be made up of 23 Republicans and two Democrats with limited experience writing budgets or leading a political caucus. But they have had an ace in the hole for most of the session this year as their majority locks horns with a Democrat-controlled House and new Democratic governor.

Dino Rossi, the Republican who used his  work in the 2003 Senate-House budget wars to launch two gubernatorial campaigns, has been giving key senators in the Majority Coalition some general advice along the way this year. Rossi said his counsel

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June
10th

House Democrats begin girding for July 1 government shut down – are voting on stop-gap cap budget that only continues ongoing projects

An update for that last blog post implying another week of work for the Legislature in a second special session that likely starts Wednesday morning: House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan just spoke to reporters and the Covington Democrat said that the House and Senate are fa-a-a-r from closing in on a deal – and he’s not talking a few days.

“We are still pretty far apart,” Sullivan said, noting Gov. Jay Inslee‘s statement before special session that the parties were light years apart. “I would say we are still somewhere out in space,’’ Sullivan said.

The Republican-led Senate passed a

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June
5th

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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June
4th

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee again slaps Senate Republicans’ estate tax plan

 

Gov. Jay Inslee took big shots today at a Senate Majority Coalition Caucus plan to lower estate-tax rates for wealthy families and also to exempt two-thirds of the 300 estates that now pay the voter-affirmed tax each year. In a news conference just one week before the scheduled end of a 30-day legislative session, Inslee said the Republican-led coalition was moving in the wrong direction by favoring millionaires with a tax cut over the state’s 1 million children enrolled in public schools.

The estate tax, which lawmakers approved in 2005 and voters affirmed in a 2006 initiative challenge, has

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May
13th

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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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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April
18th

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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April
16th

Democrats move to 9th order; maneuver fails as Majority Coalition leader Tom resists call to conscience

A bid by minority Democrats to seize control of the Washington state Senate ended in a fizzle late Tuesday afternoon. They got 23 votes in favor of a procedural motion, called the 9th Order, but needed 25 and the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus held strong in rejecting the move.

The move put Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom in a bind – because the procedural move was meant to spring loose two bills Tom supports but that are bottled up in committees by his own Republican chairs. One bill deals with requiring health insurers to cover abortion if they also cover

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