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Legislative transparency constitutional amendment proposed in California

January 23, 2013 in Blog

A constitutional amendment to increase legislative transparency has been proposed in California. According to the Los Angeles Times:

A bipartisan group of California lawmakers concerned by the past rushing of legislation has proposed asking voters to require all bills to be in print and online for 72 hours before final passage.

Single-Payer Health Care: Paid for One Job at a Time

January 22, 2013 in Blog

Throughout his campaign and even in the days leading up to his inauguration, Governor Inslee has repeatedly said he is, “focused like a laser beam on jobs.” 

Supermajority vote proposed for tax breaks; How about tax increases?

January 21, 2013 in Blog

Fulfilling the annual rite of session, Sen. Chase today introduced a graduated income tax proposal (SB 5166) and companion constitutional amendment (SJR 8207). Of note from SJR 8207 is section 4 which would require a supermajority vote (3/5) or voter approval for creation of any tax break.

When will Supreme Court rule on 2/3 for taxes?

January 17, 2013 in Blog

That's the billion dollar question. Another week has gone by without the State Supreme Court issuing its ruling on the state's 20 year old supermajority for taxes requirement. With each passing week the chances of a decision not coming during the 2013 Legislative Session increase. But will a ruling from the Court really change the options for lawmakers?

Not really.

Governor Inslee: "We will provide efficiency, effectiveness and transparency"

January 16, 2013 in Blog

Newly inaugurated Governor Jay Inslee delivered his first speech as Governor to a joint session of the Legislature today. His wide ranging speech touched on many issues. Among them was his goal "to bring disruptive change to Olympia."

From Governor Inslee's speech:

Coalition calls on lawmakers to adopt legislative transparency reforms

January 14, 2013 in Blog

A coalition of good government, media and business groups have signed a letter encouraging state lawmakers to adopt the Washington Policy Center's proposed legislative transparency reforms.

The letter was delivered to lawmakers today on the first day of the 2013 Legislative Session.

From the coalition letter:

Dear Lawmakers,

King County Council Proposal Would Expand Union Power and Increase County Costs

January 9, 2013 in Blog

King County faces serious budget pressures, and county residents already pay the highest taxes in the state. So people are wondering why King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn chose this moment to introduce a proposal (K.C.C. 3.16.050) that could increase county costs by expanding mandatory binding arbitration to more public-sector unions.

U.S. Government Accountability Office tackles tax exemptions

January 8, 2013 in Blog

The debate about tax exemptions and their effectiveness is sure to be raged during the 2013 Session.

Rep. Carlyle, Chair of the new House Finance Committee, wrote this insightful blog about what he hopes to accomplish: