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The Washington State House of Representatives today passed a package of capital budget bills that fund projects through cash accounts, bonds and sets a statutory debt limit over time. Capital Budget...

May 26, 2011

The Washington State House of Representatives today passed the state operating budget for the 2011-13 biennium by a vote of 54-42. Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, issued the following statement: “I cannot...

May 25, 2011

As the House majority operating budget is being publicly reviewed, Reps. Norma Smith and Maureen Walsh are deeply troubled with the proposed cuts to the developmentally disabled (DD) community. Money to...

April 6, 2011

The House of Representatives today approved a bill that would make reductions of $340 million for the current fiscal years' budget. The approved legislation would still leave a $260 million shortfall...

Jan. 24, 2011

A 2011-13 transportation budget proposed today by Gov. Chris Gregoire would increase ferry fares by 10 percent next year, followed by a 2.5 percent increase in 2012. In addition to the...

Dec. 15, 2010

After another dismal state revenue forecast in November, the governor called lawmakers back to Olympia today for a special session to begin the process of addressing the current $1.1 billion budget...

Dec. 11, 2010

Despite bipartisan objection to the nearly $800 million tax increase on employers and families, a majority of the Democrats in the House moved to pass it on their own. Rep. Norma...

April 10, 2010

After a long evening debate, the House Democrats' passed their supplemental operating budget, which assumes passage of the largest tax increase in state history to close the $2.7 billion spending gap....

March 6, 2010

House Democrats rolled out their budget proposal today which outlined millions in tax increases, raided capital budget accounts, transferred millions from the “rainy day” fund and proposed only modest cuts to...

Feb. 23, 2010

Last night, House Democrats passed Senate Bill 6130, which repeals provisions in the 2007 voter-approved Taxpayer Protection Act, Initiative 960. Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, expressed her concerns about the measure on...

Feb. 18, 2010