Washington state budget

Budget negotiators continue to meet at the Washington capitol, but there’s still no deal on a spending plan for the next two years.

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about budget progress at the state.

Washington House Democrats are doubling down on their pitch for a state capital gains tax while Republicans are reiterating their no-new-taxes mantra.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkin, about the third session for lawmakers this year.

To raise or not to raise taxes? That is the question that’s pushing Washington lawmakers into a second 30-day special session.

Washington lawmakers will have to return for a second 30-day special session. The first overtime session ends Thursday and the House and Senate still don’t have a budget deal.

The clock runs out Thursday on Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. There are indications the pace of budget negotiations has picked up, but a second special session is still likely.

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Teachers marched in the streets of Seattle Tuesday. It was part of a one-day walkout. They were protesting what they call the state Legislature’s failure to fully fund education. 

Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Many of them ended up at Seattle Center.

One day after the state got a favorable revenue forecast, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he no longer believes the $1.4 billion tax package he proposed in December is necessary.

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about lawmakers' progress to a budget deal. 

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature’s 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

The Washington House and Senate will soon begin to negotiate a new two-year budget, but first they have to get past a roadblock.

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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.

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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.

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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