May 1, 2017

Senate Budget Committee Hears Bill on Tax Increases, Bills Signed/Vetoed

On May 1, the Washington State Legislature will enter the second week of a 30-day special session. Senate budget committee heard testimony for and against tax proposals Wednesday, April 26. Parents, social services advocates and those seeking a more “progressive” tax structure testified in favor, while small and large business owners opposed. The Republican-controlled committee…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

March 30, 2017

WSPTA Week 13 Events Report

Next week the House Capital Budget committee plans to release its budget on April 5, hold the hearing on April 6 and markup on April 7; the current schedule does not show them working next weekend. The schedule is subject to change, but April 4 is the cutoff for bills with a fiscal impact, other than the “Necessary…
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Category: Legislative

December 13, 2016

Governor Releases Ed Budget, Asks for $3.9B in New K-12 Funding

Kicking off the 2017 budget proposals to resolve the “McCleary problem,” Governor Jay Inslee released his education and revenue budgets today, with a request for $3.9 billion in total spending over the two-year budget cycle. In a Monday preview, staff indicated that nearly two-thirds of the funding would boost compensation for all educators and add…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative