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A brief history of not-so-special sessions

State government sets its two-year budget in odd-numbered years, a few months after legislative elections. For the third “budget year” in a row, lawmakers are currently in an overtime special session to negotiate an agreement. They last ended a budget year session on time in 2009. The divide this year is between a Republican-led Senate that doesn’t believe tax increases are … [Read More]

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Idea: Eliminate a few statewide offices

Do we elect too many statewide officials in Washington? That’s a question the Washington Policy Center and others have been asking for years. My last column, about … [Read More]

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Should teacher salaries be set by the Legislature?

Education governance in Washington is a bit of a soup. The large majority of schools funding comes from the state, but it is spent (within conditions and formulas) … [Read More...]

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Jason Mercier

Senate should put voter-approved tax restrictions into its rules

Now that the 2014 election has been certified we know the official make up of the Legislature. Based on the responses to our supermajority for taxes legislative survey, we also know that the members of the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) in the Senate support allowing the voters to consider a constitutional amendment to put the five-time voter approved policy into the … [Read More]