Author Archives: Linda Schactler

About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.

Quadrangulating

April 10, 2013 Today House Majority Democrats At noon released budget proposals for the 2013 – 2015 biennium.  Now that we the former and current governors’ budget proposals and plans from the House and Senate, we can quadrangulate to estimate where … Continue reading

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Senate Majority Caucus Releases Gloomy Operating Budget Plan

The Senate Majority caucus yesterday at noon released a plan for the next two fiscal years.  Alas, it appears to contain more bad news than good, but, like the Inslee proposal, there is much that is murky. Here’s what we … Continue reading

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Inslee releases budget proposal to mixed higher ed reviews

This morning Governor Inslee presented a budget plan for the 2013-2015 biennium.  There is good news and not so great. Good news first. Inslee’s capital proposal mirrors that of Governor Gregoire, a record $97 million that fully funds five of CWU’s … Continue reading

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Shot at and Missed: Revenue Forecast Doesn’t Disappoint

The state Economic & Revenue Forecast Council today released good news: the budget trajectory is flat. This brings to mind a Churchill quote that goes something like, “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as being shot at and missed.” Legislative … Continue reading

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Legislature Passes Halfway Mark, Readies for Budget Season

As you will recall from having studied your session cut-off calendar, the legislative clock ticked past the half-way mark last week. On March 13, House bills had to have been voted out of the House and Senate bills out of the … Continue reading

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State Supremes Rule Super Majority Unconstitutional

Perhaps you, too, heard talk radio rants today about the state Supreme Court “legislating from the bench!” and goin’ all activist on us when they struck down the super majority legislative rule that Washington voters have approved five times. In a … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Review Supermajority Vote

The Washington Supreme Court may rule today on the constitutionality of a Washington law that requires two-thirds approval of the state legislature to increase taxes and feeds. Washington voters have approved a “supermajority” law five times.   Last spring the … Continue reading

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