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Rob McKenna

Tax tanker shipments and oil-by-rail the same

For decades, Washington’s oil spill regulatory program has helped ensure that we’re prepared to handle the oil tanker traffic in our state’s waters. The program is funded by a tax on oil that arrives by ship to be processed at Washington’s five refineries. It’s a marine-focused program that pays for inspections, regulations, and oil spill preparedness. Thankfully for us and … [Read More]

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Don’t balance the state budget by cutting universities and colleges

If you've followed Smarter Government Washington, you know our position on higher education is clear: cutting higher ed budgets hurts students and their families and … [Read More]

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Budget 101: State employee pay raises “financially feasible”?

Under state law, any collectively bargained pay raises and benefit increases for state employees must be declared “financially feasible for the state” by the Office … [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]