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Notable budget dates

May 26, 2015 in Blog

With the first special session winding down here are a few dates to pay attention to as lawmakers work to adopt the state's 2015-17 budget:

Friday GMNW- 5/22 Eye on Olympia

May 22, 2015 in In the News
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Friday, May 22, 2015

New collective bargaining reform bill introduced

May 21, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday state employees held a coordinated lunch time "unity break" to encourage lawmakers to ratify the contracts that were secretly negotiated behind closed doors last summer with Governor Inslee. As a side note, there was a striking (no pun intended) contrast between the ongoing illegal teacher strikes and yesterday's “unity break” by state workers. State workers showed there is a way to protest while showing up for work and not disrupting public services - something other public servants should take note of.

Will $415 million increase in forecasted revenue break budget logjam?

May 19, 2015 in Blog

With not much progress to date on budget negotiations during the special session, yesterday's $415 million increase in forecasted revenue may just be what lawmakers need to wrap up their work. According to the state's Economic Revenue Forecast Council:

The 1 percent property tax law – tax limitation that works for the people of Washington

May 13, 2015 in Publications
Key Findings 
  1. Fourteen years of experience under Washington’s once-controversial 1 percent property tax law shows it is working for the people of Washington; the budget disasters once predicted by opponents have not come true.
  2. Total revenue for state and local government has increased, while the 1 percent limit provides financi