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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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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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Zombies descend on state capitol Tuesday
Zombies descend on state capitol Tuesday (Townsquare media image)
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Why Were Zombies ‘Invading’ State Capitol in Olympia Tuesday?

No, it wasn't an offshoot of The Walking Dead, although if these zombies get their way, there will be a lot more of them in our state.

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Gov. Inslee to visit Yakima Wednesday
Gov. Inslee to visit Yakima Wednesday (Office of the Governor of the State of Washington)
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Gov. Inslee To Visit Yakima Wednesday – Will Push Taxes for Education Plan

Wednesday Gov. Jay Inslee will visit Yakima, and is expected to try to drum up support for a capitol gains tax (among others) to fund an expected $2.3 billion dollar education plan.

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Sara Robinson
Sara Robinson
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If the IRS Calls Saying You’re Under Arrest for Tax Evasion IT’S A SCAM!

A Facebook friend posted today their daughter in law got a call from the IRS saying there was a warrant out for their arrest for tax evasion and police were on their way but they would take payment over the phone. Several other Mid Columbia residents replied that they'd gotten the SAME CALL!

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President Obama Speaks At Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility
President Obama Speaks At Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility (Photo by Paul Chinn-Pool/Getty Images)
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What’s Happened To Green Energy Company Tax Money? An Update

Gov. Inslee is set to embark on am ambitious environmental program which he believes will create a green economy and help erase a billion dollar plus deficit.

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Gov. Inslee delivers State Of the State Speech
Gov. Inslee delivers State Of the State Speech (Washington state legislative website)
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Gov. Inslee Delivers “State Of The State” Speech – Here’s Important Parts

Today Gov. Inslee delivered the Washington state equivalent of the Presidential State of the Union speech.  We've included key points that stood out for us, and some that raise eyebrows.

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Resolution would reinstate 2/3 majority for tax increases
Resolution would reinstate 2/3 majority for tax increases (wa.gov legislative site)
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WA Legislators Work To Return Two-Thirds Majority for Tax Increases

If a new joint resolution filed in the WA state legislature passes,  lawmakers will have to (again) get 66% yes votes to raise taxes.

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$36 million a drop in bucket compared to state budget
$36 million a drop in bucket compared to state budget (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Report Touts Inslee’s Programs Saving $36 Million, Ignores $12 Billion Budget

Tuesday,  Gov. Inslee's office released results of several government efficiency programs that claim to have in various forms, saved the state $36 million dollars.

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Inslee wants to tax e-cigs, related products - even nicotine free
Inslee wants to tax e-cigs, related products - even nicotine free (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee’s Proposed Budget Includes 95% Tax on e-Cigs, Related Products

Critics say tax would not only 'destroy' their profits, but drive consumers back to traditional cigarettes.

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