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Q13: Senate GOP releases state budget POSTED 10:23 AM, MARCH 21, 2017, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPDATED AT 07:20PM, MARCH 21, 2017 OLYMPIA, Wash. — Senate Republicans on Tuesday released a $43 billion two-year budget that puts an additional $1.8 billion toward education, paid for, in part, by a statewide property tax that ultimately would replace local district levies. The... Read More...
KING 5: Car-tab controversy makes its way to the state capitol   Click here to watch video. The controversy over increased car-tab fees caused by the passage of Sound Transit Three has now made its way to the state capitol. Two bills introduced in Olympia could bring drivers and taxpayers some relief. Senate Bill 5817 would give individual cities and counties the... Read More...
Shining Light on Secret Public Sector Labor Negotiations By TJ Martinell, The Lens Two state Republican Senate bills aim to reform contract negotiations currently held in secret between public officials and public sector unions. SB 5545 would make state and local collective bargaining negotiations subject to the state’s Open Public Meetings Act, while SB 5533 seeks to eliminate... Read More...
In the News: Dino Rossi’s return to Olympia When state lawmakers return to Olympia for the start of the 2017 session on Monday, a familiar face will be leading talks over the state budget. Dino Rossi is taking over the seat of the late Sen. Andy Hill, who died of cancer last year. …Now he`s heading to Olympia... Read More...