The March Economic and Revenue Forecast was released on Wednesday, March 20. The first draft of the budgets usually immediately follow, and all rumors point to a release of the House version of the operating budget as early as Monday, March 25th. The forecast is largely good news. The Near General Fund-State (Near GF-S) forecast for the 2017-2019 biennium has
All bills not related to the budgets must have passed out of their house of origin by Wednesday at 5 pm. As a result, many bills died and the focus of session continues to narrow. From here forward, the pace of session will pick up significantly. Cutoff brought mixed results for WSAC. Good bills passed, but good bills also died.
What do you get for someone who appears to have everything? There are several helpful guides out there, online and in magazines, that profess to know how to surprise even the most difficult person to shop for. But none of those lists can help you give what every lobbyist in Olympia wants this time of year. Have you got it
Milestones will come quicker now that we’ve passed the halfway mark in the 105-day session. Having passed the house of origin policy and fiscal committee cutoffs, we spent this week and will spend half of next week focused on floor action. Both the House and Senate have been working late into the evenings, sometimes until 11 pm or later, and