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...
Rossi: Senate budget puts education, protecting the vulnerable first Deputy budget-writer calls Senate proposal proof you can be ‘both fiscally responsible and have a social conscience” Sen. Dino Rossi, a vice chair of the Senate’s budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, said the 2017-19 operating budget proposed today by the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus would prioritize education and protect the... Read More...
Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes New O’Ban-Rossi bill would prohibit state from collecting taxes for regional agency Today the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes. “If Sound Transit wants to tax... Read More...
O’Ban and Rossi challenge constitutionality of Sound Transit car tab tax Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Sen. Dino Rossi, R-Sammamish, informed Attorney General Bob Ferguson today that based on information they’ve reviewed, the current valuation Sound Transit uses to calculate car tab taxes is unconstitutional. In a letter hand-delivered to Ferguson’s office this morning, the senators explain the act that... 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...
Rossi Reflections #3: What is an Olympia Cut? As the Rolling Stones once told us, “You can’t always get what you want.” Language matters, but too often an “increase” is not called an “increase” and a “cut” doesn’t mean what you think it means. Fantasy meets budget realities, as Sen. Rossi explains the infamous “Olympia Cut.” Read More...
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