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Eye on Olympia

February 26, 2014 in In the News
KVEW TV
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KVEW TV
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spin Control: WA Lege Day 43: Senate budget to be released

February 24, 2014 in In the News
The Spokesman-Review
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The Spokesman-Review
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Legislature Considers Defined-contribution Pension Reform for Public Employees and Elected Officials

February 20, 2014 in Publications

Introduction

A long-standing Washington Policy Center recommendation is that the state transition from costly defined-benefit pension plans to more predictable defined-contribution retirement plans for new state employees. A defined-benefit plan promises workers they will receive a certain dollar benefit level every month after they retire, while a defined-contribution plan provides workers a stable contribution towards pension savings during their working lives, along with tax-free employee contributions, which the worker can draw from during retirement.

Tom says House proposal blows up state’s balanced budget

February 20, 2014 in In the News
Majority Coalition Caucus of the Washington State Senate
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Majority Coalition Caucus of the Washington State Senate
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Eye on Olympia

February 19, 2014 in In the News
KVEW TV
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KVEW TV
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

10:45 p.m. "public" hearing with no public testimony, surprised?

February 14, 2014 in Blog

Lawmakers work long hours on your behalf, sometimes late into the night. One of these instances occurred on Monday when lawmakers held a public hearing at 10:45 p.m. on HB 2244.

Let voters decide on super-majority for tax increases

February 14, 2014 in In the News
Camas-Washougal Post-Record
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Camas-Washougal Post-Record
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pension reforms on Senate floor

February 13, 2014 in Blog

As we approach the February 18 House of Origin cutoff, bills are starting to fly off the floor of the House and the Senate. Two pension reform bills in the Senate could soon be among those moving. SB 5851 and SB 6305 are both currently on the floor.