Legislative report - 2016
Washington 2016 Legislative Profile
Governor: Jay Inslee (D)
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Budget & Taxes
Supplemental Operating Budget
• The final budget used existing funds and sweeps of various accounts to cover the budget shortfall; there were no tax increases.
• 2017 budget is expected to be even more difficult. Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that the Legislature MUST increase funding to education, and that is expected to carry a $1 to $2 billion price tag. Those kinds of dollars can only be found by raising taxes, and it’s unclear how the House and Senate, with opposite parties in charge, will find a way to agree.
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