Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Electing the state Supreme Court by districts

When the 2014 election is certified, only one of the nine justices on the state Supreme Court will be from Eastern Washington, Justice Debra Stephens. Had she not won her election, all of the state's Supreme Court justices would be from the Puget Sound region. When a vacancy recently came open on the court, several newspapers called on Governor Inslee to bring more regional balance to the court and select a justice from Eastern Washington.  Instead he appointed Justice Mary Yu from King County . . . READ MORE

Friday, November 7, 2014

Governor Inslee on McCleary and tax increases: 2012 versus 2014

At a post election press conference earlier this week Governor Inslee was asked about his 2012 campaign promise not to ask for tax increases and how that squares with his new calls for tax increases to address the McCleary K-12 funding ruling. When asked what changed since 2012 the Governor said on Wednesday . . . READ MORE

Monday, November 3, 2014

And the election winner is . . . To be determined

Voter turnout as of Saturday for the 2014 Election in Washington is a meager 24.4%. This means if we are to get anywhere close to the 62% forecast by the Secretary of State a flood of ballots will be hitting the mail in the next day. This likely means we'll be waiting several days to weeks to learn the winners of close races . . . READ MORE

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Will public employee pension costs cause your property taxes to increase?

The House Finance Committee held a work session yesterday focused on the fiscal health of Washington's cities and counties. Among the presentations lawmakers heard was a pitch from the Washington Association of Counties to provide local governments more flexibility on existing tax sources while providing new tax options. One recommendation in particular of note from the Counties . . . READ MORE

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Updated legislative tax survey results

Earlier this month we published the results of our legislative tax survey that asked legislators and candidates the following question . . . READ MORE