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Legislators finally approve budget
Legislators finally approve budget (Washington state legislative website)
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Reactions Mixed on Passage of State Budget – Teachers Union Protesting

It largely depends upon which side of the political arena you are on.

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Still no progress on budget
Still no progress on budget (Washington state legislative website)
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Budget Shutdown Could Have Ripple Effect Across State

If legislators fail to reach a budget agreement and it's not signed before 12:01 am July 1st, there could be repercussions beyond the estimated 26,000 state workers who would be furloughed.

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lottery warning
lottery warning (Washington's Lottery)
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Budget Showdown Could Shut Down Washington’s Lottery!

Forget the 26,000 state employees who've received notifications of pending furloughs July 1st. if legislators don't come up with a state budget.  The Lottery would also stop!

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Legislators still battling over transportation, budget issues
Legislators still battling over transportation, budget issues (Washington state legislative website)
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Deja-Vu…Washington State Government Shutdown Looming July 1

It appeared legislators were going to be able to get a budget hammered out, and we could avoid the potential shutdown of state services, like almost happened in 2014.

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Group promises legal action if legislature approves capital gains tax
Group promises legal action if legislature approves capital gains tax (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Group Warns of Lawsuit if New State Budget Includes Capital Gains Tax

Few details have come out Friday from a reported budget settlement by negotiators in Olympia. But one powerful group warns if there's a capital gains tax attached to the budget proposal, there will be legal action.

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House Democrats want tax on bottled water
House Democrats want tax on bottled water (Wa state legislative website)
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State Democrats Seek Bottled Water Tax, Among Others, In New Budget

The Washington State House Democrats are set to unveil their 2015 budget proposal, and it features new taxes in the name of "education."

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GOP already challenging Gov. Inslee's budget proposals
GOP already challenging Gov. Inslee's budget proposals (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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“Pushback” Already Coming to Gov. Inslee’s Budget Proposal from Legislators

Just a few hours after Gov. Jay Inslee released his 2015-17 budget proposal,   legislators from across the state began chiming in with caution, and even resistance.

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Inslee (center in photo) plans numerous new taxes in 2015-17 budget
Inslee (center in photo) plans numerous new taxes in 2015-17 budget . (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee’s Budget Proposal Includes Capitol Gains Tax, Raising Cigarette Taxes

So much for his campaign promise to veto any new taxes.   A long time ago, when Candidate Inslee was running for office,  he said he thought the state budget could be balanced without tax increases.   Governor Inslee has apparently come down with amnesia.

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Inslee unveils plans for assault on fossil fuels industry
Inslee unveils plans for assault on fossil fuels industry (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee Plans “Assault” On What He Calls “Polluting Industries”

Inslee vows to "make polluting industries pay."   Whoa there, environmental cowboy.

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Inslee accused of violating budget negotiation agreements
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GOP Leaders Accuse Gov. Inslee of Violating “Confidentiality” Agreement on Budget

Legislators said Inslee broke agreements to keep confidentiality over transportation budget negotiations by trashing GOP leaders after the legislature wrapped up it's work last Friday.

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