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Budget snapshot

April 19, 2010 in Blog

Now that lawmakers have finally adopted a 2010 supplemental budget, is state spending going up or down?

Yes.

Near General Fund spending is decreasing while total spending is increasing.

Here are details on Near General Fund spending, total spending, and Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees (click image to enlarge):

Budget snapshot
Here are additional details by biennium.

Many thanks to the staff at the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) Committee for providing these details. 

For additional budget information visit fiscal.wa.gov.

State Workers' Comp Supplemental Pension Fund bailed out

April 19, 2010 in In the News
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Missed votes report for legislators released

April 19, 2010 in In the News
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Lawmakers at work

April 19, 2010 in In the News
Spokesman Review (Spokane)
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Spokesman Review (Spokane)
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Sen. Brandland makes top 5 for missed votes in Senate

April 18, 2010 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ghost Bills and Closed Meetings Fail to Solve Olympia's Budget Woes

April 17, 2010 in Publications

With Democrats very much in control in Olympia, and Republicans on the sidelines, one would expect the legislature to close this year’s looming $2.8 billion budget gap with orderly dispatch. Instead Washingtonians were treated to a dizzying round of closed-door meetings, surprise hearings, do-overs, missed deadlines and bills with no text.

Budget Brings a Cavalcade of Taxes

April 17, 2010 in Publications

Puget Sound Business Journal published this op-ed on April 23, 2010.

The 2009-11 supplemental budget recently enacted by the state Legislature, which increases taxes by $800 million, does not deal a fatal blow to any particular industry. Instead, legislators this year decided on the “death by a thousand cuts” approach to raising taxes.

Unfortunately, much of the tax increase falls directly on consumers and the business community, big and small.

Washington residents to see ObamaCare Taxes Now, Services Later

April 17, 2010 in Publications

This op-ed first appeared in Spokane's daily newspaper, the Spokesman Review, on Sunday, March 28, 2010. WPC now has a regular column in the Spokesman Review that will appear in the last weekend of each month