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Rob McKenna

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 turn this year, and it’s a great year for that body to put its cards on the table first. That’s because the House hasn’t been this narrowly divided in a long time. After last year’s election, Democrats hold just … [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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It’s Sunshine Week – is state gov as open as it can be?

Journalists and open government advocates are marking Sunshine Week, celebrating government transparency and openness and pushing for better access to records and … [Read More...]

Guest Columnists

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]