State budget http://www.kplu.org en Inslee Proposes More Prison Beds, But No Teacher COLAs In Budget Update http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-proposes-more-prison-beds-no-teacher-colas-budget-update <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More prison beds, but no cost-of-living raises for school teachers were the two takeaways after </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inslee</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tuesday proposed a modest update to the state’s two-year budget.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:13:55 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11803 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Proposes More Prison Beds, But No Teacher COLAs In Budget Update Inslee to sign budget with just hours to spare http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-sign-budget-just-hours-spare-0 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Washington </span>Gov<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"> is set to sign a new state budget with just hours to spare.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Inslee was scheduled to formally adopt the spending plan Sunday afternoon after giving staff time to give a final review of the bill. Much of state government would have to shut down Monday if a new spending plan wasn't formally adopted by the end of the weekend.</p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:32:44 +0000 Rachel La Corte 9215 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee to sign budget with just hours to spare Wash. lawmakers approve budget to avert shutdown http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-lawmakers-approve-budget-avert-shutdown <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Washington lawmakers have finalized a new state budget, moving swiftly to avert a looming government shutdown.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The House and Senate both voted by wide margins Friday to approve the $33.6 billion spending plan, just hours after making the 483-page bill available for public review. The measure now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee, who is expected to take time to review the budget and sign it by the end of Sunday.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:42:56 +0000 Rachel La Corte 9211 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. lawmakers approve budget to avert shutdown Gov't shutdown averted: Gov. announces budget deal http://www.kplu.org/post/govt-shutdown-averted-gov-announces-budget-deal <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says a government shutdown on Monday has been averted. The Democrat announced a budget deal Thursday that comes just in the nick of time. Monday is the start of a new fiscal year and without a signed budget much of state government would have been shuttered.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">“The deal reached today makes it clear that state government will continue to operate. We will be notifying all state employees to be at work on Monday, July 1. Government operations will not be interrupted," the governor said.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:37:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9186 at http://www.kplu.org Gov't shutdown averted: Gov. announces budget deal Senate leaders say state budget deal reached http://www.kplu.org/post/senate-leaders-say-state-budget-deal-reached <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Leaders in the Washington state Senate say lawmakers have agreed to the framework of a new budget to avert a government shutdown.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said Wednesday that negotiators have settled on the major components of the budget, allowing staff to go through the process of officially writing it. He expects lawmakers will be able to vote on the spending plan Thursday or early Friday.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:32:32 +0000 Mike Baker & Rachel La Corte 9180 at http://www.kplu.org Senate leaders say state budget deal reached State budget talks now focused on smaller details http://www.kplu.org/post/state-budget-talks-now-focused-smaller-details <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Negotiators in Olympia have agreed to the large components of a new state budget and are now working through the smaller details.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A spokeswoman for Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday there have been no setbacks in the talks and that lawmakers are close to agreement on a final deal. Inslee had said Monday that a deal was imminent and hoped it would have been finalized within hours.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:26:10 +0000 The Associated Press 9161 at http://www.kplu.org State budget talks now focused on smaller details Inslee confident budget deal imminent http://www.kplu.org/post/despite-furlough-notices-inslee-confident-budget-deal-imminent <p class="ap-story-p" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he is confident that a budget deal is imminent.</p><p class="ap-story-p" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Inslee said Monday afternoon that he has seen "very significant breakthroughs" in recent budget talks. He says lawmakers should be able to reach a final agreement very quickly.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:10:44 +0000 Mike Baker 9155 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee confident budget deal imminent With no budget deal, state just 1 week away from gov't shutdown http://www.kplu.org/post/no-budget-deal-state-just-1-week-away-govt-shutdown <p><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;">Washington state is now just one week away from a government shutdown after no deal emerged Sunday.</span><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;">Since a budget vote is not likely before midnight, thousands of state workers will be given layoff notices tomorrow.</span><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;">They will be temporarily laid off if there is no budget deal over the next seven days.&nbsp;</span> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:37:55 +0000 Mike Baker 9147 at http://www.kplu.org With no budget deal, state just 1 week away from gov't shutdown Positive revenue news could break budget logjam in Olympia http://www.kplu.org/post/positive-revenue-news-could-break-budget-logjam-olympia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s suddenly a flurry of talk in Olympia about a quick resolution to the weeks-long budget stalemate. The change in rhetoric follows Tuesday’s positive revenue and caseload forecasts.</span></p><p>Budget writers will now have more than $300 million in additional funds to help bridge their differences, thanks to a recovering housing market and improved consumer confidence.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:24:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9090 at http://www.kplu.org Positive revenue news could break budget logjam in Olympia Time Is Nearly Up For Washington Budget Deal http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-budget-deadline-looms Washington’s overtime legislative session ends at midnight on Tuesday. But there’s still no agreement on a state budget for the next two years.<p>Over the weekend, the mostly Republican senate majority passed a revised version of its own spending plan, along with a trio of controversial policy measures.<p>The three policy bills are not new, the Senate passed them during the regular session. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:01:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9031 at http://www.kplu.org Time Is Nearly Up For Washington Budget Deal Inslee issues greenest-yet budget pledge for Climate Solutions http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-issues-greenest-yet-budget-pledge-climate-solutions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the special legislative session gets underway in Olympia, Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says some of the most important parts of his two-year budget proposal are investments in clean energy.</span></p><p>During a fundraiser for the nonprofit group&nbsp;<a href="http://climatesolutions.org/" target="_blank">Climate Solutions</a>&nbsp;on Monday, the governor said he is pushing for a state budget that includes funds to start a new research center at the University of Washington.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 00:01:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8762 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee issues greenest-yet budget pledge for Climate Solutions Washington lawmakers rack up hefty cellphone bills http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-lawmakers-rack-hefty-cellphone-bills <p>During last year's legislative session that focused on budget troubles, Washington state Sen. Jerome Delvin racked up a cellphone bill that would make most users recoil: $309.21 in one month alone.</p><p>It wasn't out of the norm for Delvin, who submitted his costs for taxpayers to cover.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:53:57 +0000 The Associated Press 7680 at http://www.kplu.org New political dynamics, budget challenges face state lawmakers http://www.kplu.org/post/new-political-dynamics-budget-challenges-face-state-lawmakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers convene for the start of the 2013 session. They face a $</span>2B<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> budget problem, an unusual political dynamic in the state senate and hot button issues like gun control.</span></p><p>It’s like Downton Abbey. A new season of the legislature begins with plenty of intrigue and tensions between powerful personalities. There are familiar faces and new ones. Chief among them Governor-elect Jay Inslee.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:50:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7557 at http://www.kplu.org New political dynamics, budget challenges face state lawmakers Budget fallout: Juvenile re-arrest rates spike after parole cut http://www.kplu.org/post/budget-fallout-juvenile-re-arrest-rates-spike-after-parole-cut <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010913AJ_JuvenileParole_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. It turns out that the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:24:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7531 at http://www.kplu.org Budget fallout: Juvenile re-arrest rates spike after parole cut State superintendent gives his proposal for school funding http://www.kplu.org/post/state-superintendent-gives-his-proposal-school-funding <p>The good news in this week&#39;s new Washington state revenue forecast has drawn the attention of everyone who wants some money for their department or program.</p><p>But in a <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2012/Statement-RevenueForecast.aspx">statement put out by Superintendent of Public Instruction</a> Randy Dorn, Dorn says the state Constitution and the Supreme Court give Washington only one choice: pay for education first.</p><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:37:29 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 4193 at http://www.kplu.org State superintendent gives his proposal for school funding