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On Feb. 10, the Senate Democrats passed Senate Bill 6130, which repeals all the provisions of the 2007 voter-approved taxpayer protection act, Initiative 960. Senate Bill 6130 is scheduled for a...

Feb. 12, 2010

Democrat leaders in the Senate yesterday introduced Senate Bill 6843, which would repeal the voter-approved Initiative 960. The initiative put in place several transparency measures related to bills that have a...

Feb. 4, 2010

  Vote against bond bill was effort to save Washington taxpayers $63 million each year, $1.5 billion long-term In a year that offers legislators and taxpayers a host of challenges, and...

Jan. 20, 2010

After today's updated state revenue forecast where the state's chief economist Dr. Arun Raha predicted a $2.6 billion shortfall for the two-year budget, 10th District Reps. Barbara Bailey and Norma Smith...

Nov. 19, 2009

"We did not create the budget problems, but we were willing to work with the majority party to work toward a sustainable budget. Unfortunately, our offer was not accepted. I fear...

April 24, 2009

In what Rep. Norma Smith called an unbelievable contrast, majority party leaders in Olympia today introduced a bill to increase the state sales tax. The proposal comes on Tax Day and...

April 15, 2009

The Washington State House of Representatives today released its proposal for the two-year capital budget. Capital Budget Committee member Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, had this to say about it...

April 1, 2009

"Job number one for the Legislature right now is getting our fiscal house in order. First and foremost, we must address this year’s budget shortfall of more than $700 million."

Feb. 20, 2009

"It was extremely difficult to make these reductions today, but it was necessary to begin the process of repairing our budget to better fit the revenues the state is bringing in...

Feb. 2, 2009