Washington state budget http://kuow.org en State Sen. Litzow Says Legislature Unlikely To Act On Education Spending This Session http://kuow.org/post/state-sen-litzow-says-legislature-unlikely-act-education-spending-session <p>David Hyde talks with the chair of Washington's Senate Education Committee, Senator Steve Litzow, about how the legislature will respond to the state supreme court's warning that education spending is not increasing fast enough. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:05:36 +0000 David Hyde & Hannah Burn 26857 at http://kuow.org State Sen. Litzow Says Legislature Unlikely To Act On Education Spending This Session Twice As Many Wash. Kids Get Free Full-Day Kindergarten http://kuow.org/post/twice-many-wash-kids-get-free-full-day-kindergarten <p>Twice as many Washington kids will get free, full-day kindergarten this fall.<br><br>The new state budget pays for all-day kindergarten in <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/EarlyLearning/pubdocs/FinalListState-FundedFDKSchoolsNew2013-14.pdf">269 more schools </a>across the state, including eight schools in Seattle. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:23:03 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 18015 at http://kuow.org Twice As Many Wash. Kids Get Free Full-Day Kindergarten Tax Break For Russell Investments Riles House Finance Chair http://kuow.org/post/tax-break-russell-investments-riles-house-finance-chair <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/071213AJ_TaxBreak_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It was the legislative equivalent of a buzzer beater. Just as the Washington legislature was about to adjourn last month, the House and Senate quickly passed a series of tax breaks mostly for businesses. They included exemptions for dance clubs, mint growers, dairy products and this one: digital data used by international investment firms.<p>That last one will largely benefit a single global firm – Seattle-based Russell Investments. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:08:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins & aus 16712 at http://kuow.org Tax Break For Russell Investments Riles House Finance Chair Washington’s $100 Million Land Purchase In Upper Kittitas County http://kuow.org/post/washington-s-100-million-land-purchase-upper-kittitas-county <p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday, Governor Inslee put the final stamp of approval on one of the biggest land purchases Washington state has ever seen. The state budget includes $100 million for <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/govinslee/8411939413/sizes/k/in/photostream/">50,000 acres in Upper Kittitas County</a>, at the headwater of the Yakima River Basin. Officials say protecting this land will be a big step towards securing water supplies in the region. Ross Reynolds talks with columnist Joel Connelly about the significance of this land purchase. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:15:24 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15960 at http://kuow.org Washington’s $100 Million Land Purchase In Upper Kittitas County Transportation Package Fails To Pass http://kuow.org/post/transportation-package-fails-pass <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>The Washington state legislature failed to pass a transportation package this past weekend. With the recent collapse of the Skagit Bridge at the forefront of our minds, we take a look at what this means for current and future transportation projects in the state. Ross Reynolds hears from <a href="http://wstc.wa.gov/AboutUs/Commissioners/default.htm">Dan O'Neal</a>, the chairman of the Washington State Transportation Committee. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:29:51 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15888 at http://kuow.org This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins http://kuow.org/post/week-olympia-austin-jenkins-6 <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>The Washington state legislature finally came to a budget proposal this week, narrowly avoiding a massive government shutdown. What held them up? How will the new budget cover the increases in education spending mandated by the state supreme court? Ross Reynolds talks about that and other state news with KUOW’s Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:23:09 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15761 at http://kuow.org This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins Decisions From The Supreme Court, Wendy Davis, And Avoiding A Government Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/decisions-supreme-court-wendy-davis-and-avoiding-government-shutdown <p></p><p><em>Weekday's</em><em>&nbsp;</em>“News in Review” roundtable comes together to talk over the week’s news.</p><p>It was a big week at the Supreme Court. The justices struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and decided the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. A filibuster by Wendy Davis&nbsp;rocked the Texas legislature, stopping a vote on an abortion bill. The bill will be revisited in the second special session Gov. Rick Perry called.</p><p>Washington's own legislature's second session budget problems still divide the&nbsp;floor; but&nbsp;issues will&nbsp;need to be resolved soon&nbsp;to avoid a government shut down on July 1.</p><p>What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? What story made your blood boil? Share your thoughts with the panel right now by emailing <a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org?subject=Your%20Take%20On%20The%20News%2C%206%2F28"><em>Weekday. </em></a> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Weekday 15710 at http://kuow.org Decisions From The Supreme Court, Wendy Davis, And Avoiding A Government Shutdown Inslee Reports Budget 'Breakthroughs' As Layoff Notices Go Out http://kuow.org/post/inslee-reports-budget-breakthroughs-layoff-notices-go-out <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/062413AJ_WABudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee says a budget deal in Olympia is “imminent” – even as state workers start to receive layoff notices. At a news conference Monday afternoon, the Democrat reported significant breakthroughs in budget negotiations.<p>A shutdown of state government is now one week away. That’s why temporary layoff notices are going out to state employees. That’s a requirement of labor contracts. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:25:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15550 at http://kuow.org Inslee Reports Budget 'Breakthroughs' As Layoff Notices Go Out Appropriating Technology, This Week In Olympia And The History Of Food http://kuow.org/post/appropriating-technology-week-olympia-and-history-food <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>This Week In Olympia</strong><br>Lawmakers have until July 1 to reach a budget agreement or the government will shut down. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening in Olympia this week in special legislative session number two.</p><p><strong>The History Of Food</strong><br>We eat every single day, but&nbsp; we rarely pause to consider why we eat the food we do. How did food evolve throughout history? Where did pasta come from for instance? Who baked the first cupcake? When did humans start recording recipes in cookbooks? <a href="http://williamsitwell.com/">William Sitwell</a> has written "A History of Food in 100 Recipes."</p><p><strong>Computer Science And Social Justice</strong><br>Computer science technologies play a powerful role in service of the military and industry, but don’t seem to be widely used by visionaries in the fields of social justice and sustainability. Ideas like complexity theory and nanotechnology seem to have a distant connection to making an impact on social change. Mathematician Dr. Ron Eglash believes in the power of computing for social justice and sustainability. He explored the state of technology today and how it can impact future social change in his work as co-editor of recent book “Appropriating Technology.”<br><br> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 15394 at http://kuow.org Appropriating Technology, This Week In Olympia And The History Of Food Change Of Heart For The Police Guild, Boeing In Paris And More News Of The Week http://kuow.org/post/change-heart-police-guild-boeing-paris-and-more-news-week <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. The president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Rich O’Neill has said he’ll accept the DOJ reforms and urges the members of the police union to do the same. The state is preparing for a shutdown if a deal is not made on the budget. Airbus expresses its interest in Washington state, as Boeing’s 787 faces more trouble in the air. Our regular panel is in to discuss the news of the week. What news piqued your interest this week? Share your thoughts by <a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org?subject=Your%20Take%20On%20The%20News%206%2F21">email</a>. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Weekday 15327 at http://kuow.org Change Of Heart For The Police Guild, Boeing In Paris And More News Of The Week Washington Lawmakers Hope For Positive Revenue Forecast http://kuow.org/post/washington-lawmakers-hope-positive-revenue-forecast <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061713AJ_WABudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Protracted budget talks in Olympia could see a breakthrough after Tuesday’s release of an updated revenue forecast. That’s the quarterly report that projects how much money will flow into state tax coffers in the coming months.<p>Lawmakers are expecting some positive news. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:24:16 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15166 at http://kuow.org Washington Lawmakers Hope For Positive Revenue Forecast Washington House Democrats Abandon Some Taxes In 'Compromise' Offer http://kuow.org/post/washington-house-democrats-abandon-some-taxes-compromise-offer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/060513AJ_BudgetRollOut_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington House Democrats have abandoned some proposed tax increases, but not others, in what they call a “significant compromise” budget offer to the Senate. The public unveiling Wednesday of a slimmed down House spending plan comes as the clock is running out on the current overtime session with still no budget deal.<p>House Democrats no longer propose to extend an expiring Business and Occupation tax surcharge on professional services. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:28:14 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14448 at http://kuow.org Washington House Democrats Abandon Some Taxes In 'Compromise' Offer Washington Budget Impasse Prompts Finger Pointing http://kuow.org/post/washington-budget-impasse-prompts-finger-pointing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/060413AJ_WABudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>There’s one week left in Washington’s special legislative session and still no budget deal. Governor Jay Inslee and the Senate majority caucus held dueling news conferences Tuesday complete with plenty of finger-pointing.<p>The governor went first. Inslee, a Democrat, blasted the mostly Republican Senate majority for an estate tax measure that passed out of committee late last week. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:39:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14367 at http://kuow.org Washington Budget Impasse Prompts Finger Pointing Still No Budget Breakthrough As Washington Special Session End Approaches http://kuow.org/post/still-no-budget-breakthrough-washington-special-session-end-approaches <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/053113AJ_BudgetUpdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s 30-day overtime session of the legislature ends a week from Tuesday. So far there’s no sign of a budget deal between the mostly Republican-led Senate and the Democratic House. Governor Jay Inslee is urging the two sides to pick up the pace.<p>House and Senate negotiators continue to meet in Olympia. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:15:19 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14228 at http://kuow.org Still No Budget Breakthrough As Washington Special Session End Approaches Washington Special Session Starts With No Budget Deal http://kuow.org/post/washington-special-session-starts-no-budget-deal <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051013AJ_SpecialSession_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>The Washington legislature reconvenes Monday for a 30-day special session. But there’s still no budget deal in sight – despite a two week break to negotiate.<p>Senate budget chair Andy Hill, a Republican, says both sides are “working in good faith.” But “true negotiations” have yet to begin. Mon, 13 May 2013 17:06:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 12978 at http://kuow.org Washington Special Session Starts With No Budget Deal