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Rob McKenna

House Democrats: $1.5 billion in new taxes, $863 million for pay raises

House Democrats unveiled their budget proposal today, calling for a big jump in state spending. From the current $33.8 billion general fund budget, the House wants to increase spending to $38.9 billion. That’s a whopping 15.1% increase – a staggering amount in two years. The Democrats also want to repeal the state spending limit that voters enacted through Initiative … [Read More]

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Which of these taxes increases will House Democrats announce tomorrow?

The House and Senate in Olympia rotate every two years on which chamber will release its biennial state budget proposal first. It’s the Democrat-controlled House’s … [Read More]

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State labor council says “Do as I say…”

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles,” Everett Dirksen, the ‘60s Republican leader in the Senate, supposedly said, “the first of which is to be flexible at … [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]