Tuesday, October 14, 2014

100 lawmakers and candidates respond to tax survey

Curious to know if those that hope to represent you in the Legislature next year believe you have the right to settle the twenty year debate about whether tax increases should receive a supermajority vote or voter approval? Washington Policy Center recently asked legislators and legislative candidates in 2014 about their support for allowing the people to vote on a constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote in the legislature to raise taxes . . . READ MORE

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Harris v. Quinn lives in Washington

It took a few months but we now know the U.S. Supreme Court's June 30 ruling in Harris v. Quinn will be implemented in Washington State. According to the tentative 2015-17 contract agreement between the state and SEIU 775 (Article 4) . . . READ MORE

Thursday, October 2, 2014

State Supreme Court gives green light to retroactive tax increases

It looks like the State Supreme Court is giving the Legislature a new tool to address its McCleary contempt order: retroactive tax increases. A unanimous Court ruling today said it was not unconstitutional when the Legislature approved a retroactive change to the state's death tax in 2013 . . . READ MORE

Friday, September 19, 2014

Will voters support tax increases for government pay raises?

First the good news, state revenue is currently projected to grow by $2.75 billion (8.2%) over 2013-15 for use in the 2015-17 budget. The bad news according to the Office of Financial Management (OFM): "OFM projects revenue growth for 2015–17 will fall far short of what will be needed to maintain current services, cover mandatory increases and provide an additional $1 billion to $2 billion to meet the state’s constitutional basic education obligations" . . . READ MORE

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