29
Apr

Final Operating Budget, Disappointing but Not Surprising

The final operating budget was adopted via a conference committee report, meaning that the final document could not be amended – not for policy reasons or even technical errors – and the legislators were only allowed an up or down vote. All in all, with one significant exception related to the Model Toxics Control Act (see the post by Paul

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29
Apr

You Win Some, You Lose Some – Transportation Budget Rundown

The Legislature spent dizzying final days passing bills and budgets in order to get done by their midnight deadline on April 28, in which they did, by literal minutes. Overall, the transportation budget turned out okay for Counties. The operating and capital budgets are another story. You can read more about those here. Fish Passage Barrier Removal The Legislature utilized

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22
Apr

Nothing Left But the Big Stuff

The legislative session passed its last major hurdle before the end of session – Wednesday was the cutoff for bills needing to pass out of their opposite house. All that is left is for bills that were amended to be approved or rejected by their original house. That, and all of the big stuff the legislature has not yet gotten

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19
Apr

Will It Take Extra Innings to Get the Work Done?

We’ve made it to the last week of session! But the big question on everyone’s mind is – will lawmakers end on time, or will it take an extra session to get the work done? As the days wane on it is becoming clear there remain several big-budget sticking points between the House and Senate. Many fear the April 28

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