19
Feb

Weekly Roundup – Week 7

Both the House and Senate will release proposed supplemental operating budgets this week. The State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly revenue forecast last Thursday, predicting that budget writers would have another $650 million in the current biennium and $671 million in the next biennium. State revenues have grown by 15% in the last two years. Rumors have

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12
Feb

Olympia Update – Week 6

  Both the House and Senate are under pressure to pass bills to the other chamber by 5:00 Wednesday which is the next cutoff. The Senate worked several hours on Saturday but mostly approved Gubernatorial appointments. The fact that neither chamber passed many bills this weekend indicates that Wednesday’s cutoff will be the death of a very large number of

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29
Jan

Transportation and Public Works Legislative Report

The House Ag & Natural Resources committee heard HB 2902, fish habitat/barrier removal, which provides $50 million in funding for fish barrier removals for the remainder of the biennium.  The bill had several people testify in strong support. The bill is scheduled for executive session for February 1st. If you support this bill, please let the committee chair, Rep. Bryan

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8
Jan

Fiscal & Labor Committees Overview

Fiscal Committees For the first week of the legislative session, the fiscal committees will mostly focus on background budget briefings. Background briefings include an update on the status of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the McCleary decision, and the Trueblood decision.  Each Budget Committee will also hold a public hearing on the Governor’s supplemental budget proposal. The Governor’s proposal includes

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