Washington state budget

Education
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

State Sen. Litzow Says Legislature Unlikely To Act On Education Spending This Session

A hallway in Washington's capitol building.
Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

Education Funding
3:23 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Twice As Many Wash. Kids Get Free Full-Day Kindergarten

Students at work in a full-day kindergarten class in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Twice as many Washington kids will get free, full-day kindergarten this fall.

The new state budget pays for all-day kindergarten in 269 more schools across the state, including eight schools in Seattle.

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Washington State Budget
10:08 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Tax Break For Russell Investments Riles House Finance Chair

Washington House Finance Chairman Reuven Carlyle. Credit: Washington Legislature

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:00 pm

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.

That last one will largely benefit a single global firm – Seattle-based Russell Investments. This tax break passed despite efforts to close these kinds of loopholes.

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Irrigation Control
12:15 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Washington’s $100 Million Land Purchase In Upper Kittitas County

The large land purchase approved by Gov. Jay Inslee is designed to protect water sources.
Flickr Photo/Jay Inslee

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 50,000 acres in Upper Kittitas County, 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.

Failed Washington Legislation
11:29 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Transportation Package Fails To Pass

  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 Dan O'Neal, the chairman of the Washington State Transportation Committee.

Olympia Update
10:23 am
Fri June 28, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Flickr Photo/Harvey Barrison

  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.

Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Decisions From The Supreme Court, Wendy Davis, And Avoiding A Government Shutdown

Weekday's “News in Review” roundtable comes together to talk over the week’s news.

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 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.

Washington's own legislature's second session budget problems still divide the floor; but issues will need to be resolved soon to avoid a government shut down on July 1.

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 Weekday.

Washington Budget Deal
10:25 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Inslee Reports Budget 'Breakthroughs' As Layoff Notices Go Out

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:27 pm

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.

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. Governor Inslee says he feels “enormous frustration” there wasn’t a budget deal in time to avert the notices.

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A History Of Food
9:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Appropriating Technology, This Week In Olympia And The History Of Food

William Sitwell's book"A History of Food in 100 Recipes."

 This Week In Olympia
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.

The History Of Food
We eat every single day, but  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? William Sitwell has written "A History of Food in 100 Recipes."

Computer Science And Social Justice
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.”

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Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Change Of Heart For The Police Guild, Boeing In Paris And More News Of The Week

  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 email.

Washington Budget Debate
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hope For Positive Revenue Forecast

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 5:08 pm

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.

Lawmakers are expecting some positive news. A couple of hundred of million dollars to the positive could prove a game-changer in the weeks long budget stalemate.

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Washington Budget Debate
10:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Washington House Democrats Abandon Some Taxes In 'Compromise' Offer

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:57 pm

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.

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Special Legislative Session
9:39 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Washington Budget Impasse Prompts Finger Pointing

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 5:24 pm

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.

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. Inslee called it a new tax break for more than 200 wealthy Washingtonians at the expense of public schools.

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Tax Debate
11:15 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Still No Budget Breakthrough As Washington Special Session End Approaches

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 5:01 am

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.

House and Senate negotiators continue to meet in Olympia. But finding agreement on the next two-year budget and the policy measures to implement it remains elusive.

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State Budget
10:06 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Special Session Starts With No Budget Deal

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:20 am

  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.

Senate budget chair Andy Hill, a Republican, says both sides are “working in good faith.” But “true negotiations” have yet to begin. That’s because the House, Senate and governor are still working to agree on the basic assumptions for the next two year budget.

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