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After being in a regular session for 105 days, we are disappointed the Legislature adjourned April 28 without reaching a final agreement on a two-year state operating budget. Gov. Jay Inslee...

May 2, 2013

Majority Democrats on the House Finance Committee this morning (Tuesday) rejected Republican amendments to prevent tax increases and then moved forward to pass House Bill 2038, a measure that would increase...

April 23, 2013

Before the Legislature adjourns its regular session April 28, lawmakers will be seeking agreement on a two-year state operating budget. Frequently, as budget debates heat up, you'll hear proponents of bigger...

April 12, 2013

'Washington's economy is still extremely fragile, and we cannot expect a robust recovery and improved revenue forecasts if the Legislature increases taxes and creates roadblocks to private sector job creation,' says...

March 20, 2013

The Washington State Supreme Court recently struck down a requirement for a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes. The two-thirds majority rule had been approved five separate times by...

March 1, 2013

Rep. Terry Nealey – (360) 786-7828 Nealey appointed to state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, has been appointed as a voting member of the Washington State Economic...

Feb. 6, 2013

The House of Representatives today approved a bill that would make reductions of $222 million for the current fiscal years' budget. The approved legislation would still leave a $378 million shortfall...

Jan. 24, 2011

Nearly $2.5 billion in tax increases over the next three years were approved Saturday in the House of Representatives despite objections by Republicans. The legislation to enact the Democrat tax package,...

April 11, 2010

The House of Representatives voted late Friday night, 55-43, to approve a supplemental operating budget measure that relies on nearly $1 billion of tax and fee increases, as well as anticipated...

March 6, 2010

Dear editor, Several days ago, a letter appeared in the Union-Bulletin from a constituent concerned about House Bill 2962. She believed the measure would allow the government to automatically take tax...

March 2, 2010