The state Senate passed the $38.2 billion budget Monday evening on a 38-10 vote, and the state House approved the spending plan shortly afterward, 90-8. The measure now goes to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee, who must sign it by the end of the day Tuesday to avoid lapses in state services and temporary layoffs of state workers.
In fact, statewide average teacher salaries rose more than 5 percent since 2009, according to a nonpartisan legislative analysis. The reason for that juxtaposition — a frozen state pay scale versus rising take-home pay for most teachers — is at the heart of why the state Supreme Court has held the state in contempt.
A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators’ attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The rules began to take effect in April, but the court split 5-4 to rule that the EPA failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.
By Friday, it had become clear there would be no vote on the renewal of the Ex-Im charter before Congress goes into its Fourth of July recess, which starts Monday. In a press conference Thursday, a clearly frustrated U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell a prime supporter of the bank and Boeing, vowed to get the bank reinstated.
Lawmakers began their third overtime session at noon Sunday as they tried to wrap up work on a state operating budget. A new two-year budget must be passed and signed by the governor before the end of the day Tuesday to avoid a partial government shutdown Wednesday. Sen. Fain said that in the deal reached on the transportation package, the fuel standard restriction would apply through 2023.
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