Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2014 supplemental budget will need to keep state spending limit in mind

After going through multiple special sessions to adopt the state's 2013-15 budget, the last thing lawmakers will want to do is fight about a 2014 supplemental budget. State agencies, however, have already submitted their 2014 supplemental budget wish list requesting a combined increase in spending of $895 million and 806 new FTEs . . . READ MORE

Monday, November 11, 2013

No more ludicrous speed lawmaking

Now that lawmakers have saved the state's Boeing "destiny for a generation" (pending a Wednesday vote by Boeing unions), let's hope we can get them to commit to abandoning future "ludicrous speed" lawmaking. As noted by NFIB's (National Federation of Independent Business) testimony earlier this week, if a legislative proposal is good public policy it will still be good policy after the public has a chance to read, understand and comment on the proposal . . . READ MORE

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tax exemptions, transparency, and a hotel bill

I was supposed to be on the road to Olympia this morning for a Thursday House Finance Work Session to discuss tax exemptions and WPC's recommendation to eliminate targeted tax exemptions and instead replace the B&O tax with a revenue neutral single business tax. With the Governor calling a Boeing Special Session for Thursday at 9 a.m., however, the House work session has been understandably canceled . . . READ MORE

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Look for election results tonight, tomorrow, and in the weeks to come

For most election races we will probably know the outcome sometime tonight. For those close races, however, it will take a few more days and perhaps weeks to know the victors. That is because that although Washington is all vote by mail, ballots aren't due on Election Day but simply need to be postmarked. For our neighbors in Oregon, however, their ballots are actually due on Election Day . . . READ MORE

Monday, November 4, 2013

I-517: Win or lose, lawmakers should consider next steps

Tomorrow Washingtonians will head to the drop box or mailbox and turn in their ballots passing judgment on I-517 and the changes proposed to the state's initiative system. Depending on the outcome lawmakers will be faced with a couple of options . . . READ MORE

Friday, November 1, 2013

Support grows for public disclosure constitutional amendment

On October 17, the State Supreme Court created a Grand Canyon sized loophole in Washington's public records law by granting the Office of Governor (at the request of former Governor Gregoire) an exemption from public disclosure based on a President Nixon-styled executive privilege . . . READ MORE