Budget

Can Lawmakers Alter the Class-Size Mandate in I-1351?

Under state law, lawmakers need two-thirds majorities to suspend or amend citizen initiatives during the first two years after voters approve them. But before they start counting votes, legislators must first consider whether they can change I-1351 without running afoul of the judiciary.

Inslee Seeks Tax Rebate for Low-Income Families

Inslee wants to resurrect the “Working Families Tax Rebate” — a tax break approved by the Legislature in 2008 but never funded. The program would give rebates averaging $223 a year to families who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

Inslee Proposes Change To Sales Tax Exemption

Under the proposal, non-Washington residents would need to pay state sales tax and then apply for a refund using receipts. The state would get additional revenue from customers who didn’t go to the trouble of claiming their refunds.

How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats

There’s the rub. Insofar as public unions secure for their members better pay, more generous benefits, and work rules shielding them from management discretion government doesn’t perform as well—and, consequently, neither do Democrats.

Inslee Cap-and-Trade Plan Could Hit 130 Enterprises, Including 5 Refineries

Early indications are that a number of companies that are household names — including Boeing’s Everett airplane plant, BP’s refinery in Whatcom County, and several of Puget Sound Energy’s power plants around the state — could be covered under the proposal that would in effect tax emitters of more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon

Inslee Rolls Out Capital Gains Tax, $5B Increase in State Spending

In describing the prospect of taxing carbon emissions last week, Gov. Jay Inslee said it offers Washington state “a two-fer, maybe even a three-fer” because it would generate money for education, transportation and cut carbon pollution statewide. That also serves as an apt descriptor of the tax policy proposals he finally made public along with