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Washington Retail Association president Jan Teague has an insightful op-ed in the Everett Herald, pointing out the likely consequences of a 50-cent hike in the state cigarette tax. The tax won't rais…Read more
House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Ross Hunter recently assessed the challenges ahead in resolving the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The Senate and House are in pretty s…Read more
The Associated Press reports this morning that legislative transportation leaders will begin negotiations next week. The House Transportation Committee heard the Senate proposal March 26 at a meeting…Read more
House and Senate budget negotiators will move swiftly to close the gap between budget plans separated by more than a billion dollars and a philosophical chasm. And that means that everything is again…Read more
The Washington Research Council offers a quick, easily-understood graph comparing the House and Senate spending plans (reproduced below). The WRC goes into more detail on the revenue provisions of ea…Read more
High tech manufacturing is transforming the economic landscape. Bruce Katz at The Brookings Institution suggests Detroit is becoming the new Silicon Valley (and vice versa). For our state, which liken…Read more