Monthly Archives: February 2012

Senate budget due out Tuesday

The Senate is set to release it’s budget Tuesday. Details on time to come later. Higher ed is cautiously optimistic that the Senate budget will show even more restrain in reducing higher ed funding than the House did. If you … Continue reading

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House Majority Party Releases “First Draft” Budget

The House majority Democrats today released a supplemental budget proposal characterized by its author as a “first draft.”  In his presentation to the Capitol Press Corps, the Ways & Means chair Ross Hunter said real per capita spending in Washington … Continue reading

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House Supplemental Budget Out Tuesday; Senate to follow.

Tuesday morning the House majority Democrats are scheduled to roll out their plan for balancing the state budget. The supplemental plan is expected to be a bit easier on higher education than the governor’s budget, which proposed a 17 percent … Continue reading

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Legislature ends week on positive note — for the first time in ages

Friday was the 40th day of the 60-day legislative session. Unbelievably, this week we have had good fiscal news. Last Friday we learned that the number of people requiring public services would drop–to the tune of a $340 million reprieve … Continue reading

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Senate approves gay marriage bill as legislature nears first deadline

The state Senate tonight approved SB 6239, which redefines marriage as “…a civil contract between two persons who are at least 18 years old and who are otherwise capable.” The bill, which would make same-sex marriage legal in Washington, does not compel … Continue reading

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