State Relations

Legislature adjourns, Special Session set to begin May 13

After a 105-days of work, the Washington State Legislature officially adjourned its Regular Session on Sunday (April 28). Late yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a Special Session will begin on May 13th at 9:00AM. State budget writers will meet in Olympia for the next two weeks in an attempt to work out a budget agreement. In addition

Today in Olympia: Deadlines for bills, budget near

Today (April 17) is the last day for the State House and Senate to consider opposite house bills. Regular session is slated to end in just over two weeks on April 28. After today, the main business left to accomplish is negotiating the state budget. Both the House and Senate have passed operating budgets (read President

Statement from UW President Michael K. Young on House Democrats’ budget proposal

“Today’s House budget proposal lacks significant, new state investment in public higher education. Washington ranks second to last in the nation — 49th — in higher education funding per student, with 25,000 jobs in high demand industries awaiting graduates we do not have the funding to educate. If we are to compete in the 21st

Statement from University of Washington President Michael K. Young regarding Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget proposal announced today.

“Today’s Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget proposal comes up woefully short for the UW and higher education. Of the $100 million in ‘new’ funding for higher education, the majority is derived from a 20 percent tax on our international students that we believe will price students out of their education and result in a loss of high-quality talent

Legislative budget process 101

State Representative Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor) explains how the legislative budget process works in this white board video from the Washington House Democrats:

State Revenue Forecast is Mixed

Today (March 20) the Revenue Forecast was released. The forecast is prepared by the state’s nonpartisan Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, and used by both the executive and legislative branches in budget preparation. Budget writers in the House and Senate can now finish up their respective proposals, as the overall picture moves into focus. For more detail,

Day 60: Off the Floor and Back to Committee. Next Up: State Budget

Yesterday (March 13) was the “floor cutoff” in the State Legislature. Bills that didn’t make it out of their chamber of origin are now considered “dead.” Of course, bills can still be revived in Olympia-speak if they are “NTIB,” which means “necessary to implement the budget.” TVW has a brief summary of several high-profile bills that

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Supermajority Vote Requirement

Via the Associated Press: A divided high court ruled 6-3 Thursday that an initiative requiring a two-thirds vote was in conflict with the state Constitution. And that lawmakers and the people of Washington would need to pass a constitutional amendment to change from a simple majority to a supermajority. AP News – WA Supreme Court

This Week in Olympia: Legislature Kicks Off, Governor Sworn In, Committees Get to Work

On Monday, members of the House & Senate took their oaths of office. In the State Senate, as was expected, the Majority Coalition Caucus took control after a brief floor fight. And we've got a leadership structure. The state Senate votes 25-23 to adopt proposal of 23R/2D Majority Coalition Caucus. #waleg — Brian M. Rosenthal

At Associated Press Forum, Legislators Preview Session, Gov-Elect Inslee Announces Appointments

With the start of the 105-day legislative session set to kick off next Monday, Jan. 14, the Associated Press held its annual forum featuring state legislators and decision-makers in Olympia today. The big topics? Finding additional funding for basic education, the committee structure and leadership of the State Senate, and addressing the estimated $1 billion

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