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Tag: Senate Majority Coalition Caucus

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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April
25th

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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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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April
16th

Could this be the day Senate Democrats’ take their stab at a procedural coup?

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray made clear Monday that his minority caucus is looking for a way to seize control of the Senate and force votes on a pair of controversial bills blocked by the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus. The move to go to the 9th Order of Business, which lets lawmakers bring bills directly to the floor from committee with a simple majority vote, could open a Pandora’s Box for the majority and would have to occur before Wednesday’s 5 p.m. cutoff.

At issue are an abortion-insurance bill, which has support from at least 25 Senate members, and a

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April
4th

Sen. McAuliffe introduces income tax to help fund K-12 schools, cut sales tax by 1 percent

Some legislative ideas are dubbed dead on arrival and then there are the ones for which the funeral quite possibly preceded the birth.  We’ll just have to wait and see on Democratic Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe‘s $1.5 billion-a-year income tax plan introduced today. She would send it to voters as a referendum in November.

McAuliffe offered up her idea – Senate Bill 5900 – a week after Gov. Jay Inslee offered up a $1.2 billion revenue plan and one day after the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus offered up its two-year spending plan for 2013-15 that pretty much

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April
3rd

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee takes a big swipe at the Senate Republicans’ budget that avoids closing tax breaks for schools

The Senate budget plan crafted by Republicans with help from minority Democrats has drawn a broadside from Gov. Jay Inslee for what he called “short term fixes and budget tricks.” The plan does not identify  new significant sources of revenue for public schools, which Inslee proposed last week in the form of extended taxes on beer and businesses and closure of tax breaks for select industries.

Republican Sen. Andy Hill, who was the principal architect of the $33.2 billion plan, touted it as strong on funding K-12 education, cutting tuition instead of increasing it at colleges, and avoiding new

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March
23rd

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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