Thursday, September 11, 2014

Will the state Supreme Court Jump the Shark?

Responding to today's unanimous contempt order against the Legislature by the State Supreme Court Governor Inslee said: "This unprecedented action by the Supreme Court is a critical moment in our history."
Everything about this statement is true. Not only is the Court's contempt order against a co-equal branch of government unprecedented but what may come next could lead to a doomsday scenario against voters . . . READ MORE

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Governor Inslee opposed to new taxes on internet access

What seemed almost impossible a few months ago is becoming more probable with each passing day; taxes being charged for internet access. The return of taxes on internet access may occur due to the failure of Congress to either extend temporarily or permanently the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). The current ban on internet access taxes expires on November 1 . . . READ MORE

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Does Harris v. Quinn apply to individual providers in Washington?

That was the question I was hoping to answer today but after reviewing the state's August 20th response to the Centeno v. Dept. of Social & Health Services lawsuit in federal court the elusive answer will have to wait. While requesting that case "be dismissed with prejudice" one section of the state's brief today said . . . READ MORE

Thursday, August 14, 2014

State dodges new pension bullet

A unanimous Supreme Court today gave budget writers much needed good news when Justices rejected two union initiated pension lawsuits that could have added an additional $1.3 billion in new costs for the 2015-17 budget (state and local). Writing perhaps the sweetest words lawmakers have heard recently from the Court, Justices said . . . READ MORE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Attorney General declines Senator’s request for Harris v. Quinn impact opinion

Last week I highlighted a letter from Sen. Braun to the Attorney General requesting an informal opinion in response to the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Harris v. Quinn, which called into question the forced unionization of some Washington residents. The Senator asked these three questions . . . READ MORE