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Action Alert: State Budget

Today the Revenue Forecast Council reported good news to the House, Senate and governor’s FY Budget Writers.  The forecast for the 2011-2013 Biennium is up $110M and for 2013-2015 Biennium it is up $121M.   This provides the budget writers with additional wriggle room as they finalize their budgets.  The obstacle to finalizing the budget is that some in the Senate want …

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5 things to watch this week in 2nd special session

Story from KiroTV.com By RACHEL LA CORTE, The Associated Press, OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington lawmakers have adjourned both a regular session and one 30-day special session, and now head into the second week of their second overtime session without a budget agreement at hand. After not passing a single bill during its first special session, the Legislature passed its first …

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State Supreme Court will hear arguments on gain sharing, automatic increases in November

From DRS Website – State Supreme Court will hear arguments on gain sharing, automatic increases in November Posted June 5, 2013 The Washington State Supreme Court has agreed to accept direct review of litigation over discontinuation of annual benefit increases for retirees from two of the state’s older pension plans — and will hear that case in conjunction with arguments …

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Legislative Update – State Budget

The Senate passed their budget over the weekend.  It still has ESSB 5851, the bill creating a defined contribution pension option for state employees,  in it, but the language says, if the bill does not pass by June 30, 2013, the funding lapses.  While it is unclear how they came up with June 30th, we need to make sure it …

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