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What's New

Could you ballpark state government’s total debt?

August 25, 2014 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
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Smarter Government Washington
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Friday, August 22, 2014

New taxes on internet access

August 21, 2014 in In the News
The Snohomish Times
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The Snohomish Times
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Governor Inslee opposed to new taxes on internet access

August 21, 2014 in Blog

What seemed almost impossible a few months ago is becoming more probable with each passing day; taxes being charged for internet access. The return of taxes on internet access may occur due to the failure of Congress to either extend temporarily or permanently the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). The current ban on internet access taxes expires on November 1.

Does Harris v. Quinn apply to individual providers in Washington?

August 20, 2014 in Blog

That was the question I was hoping to answer today but after reviewing the state's August 20th response to the Centeno v. Dept. of Social & Health Services lawsuit in federal court the elusive answer will have to wait.

While requesting that case "be dismissed with prejudice" one section of the state's brief today said:

Next steps for Benton County public safety sales tax

August 20, 2014 in In the News
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Monday, August 18, 2014

State Dodges New Pension Bullet

August 20, 2014 in In the News
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770 KKTH
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

State dodges new pension bullet

August 14, 2014 in Blog

A unanimous Supreme Court today gave budget writers much needed good news when Justices rejected two union initiated pension lawsuits that could have added an additional $1.3 billion in new costs for the 2015-17 budget (state and local).

Writing perhaps the sweetest words lawmakers have heard recently from the Court, Justices said: