State Budgets 2012: Washington



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Budget Background:

  • Fiscal Year Begins: July 
  • Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
  • Legislative Session for 2012:  Convened January 9, 2012
  • Frequency of Budget Cycle: Biennial

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Budget News and Information:  2012

3/5/12:  State Budget:  Republican 'Political Stunt' Rattles Olympia

The budget passed by the Washington State Senate has set the stage for a political showdown in Olympia.

In a brief coup, three Democratic Washington state senators — Tim Sheldon of Potlatch, Rodney Tom of Bellevue and Jim Kastama of Puyallup — sided with the GOP over the weekend to force the Republican budget through the Senate in a 25-24 vote.

The budget battle extended from Friday evening into early Saturday morning, with both sides pontificating on the play. At one point, the Democrats attempted something of a filibuster when they called for the 235-page GOP budget to be read out loud on the floor. Eventually, the gamesmanship subsided, and the Republican budget passed — one that was far different from the Democrats' budget proposed and presented earlier in the week.

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3/23/11:  WA Senate transportation budget nearly $9 billion

Senate lawmakers unveiled on Tuesday their nearly $9 billion transportation budget proposal for the next two years, and it includes money for 700 projects around the state and mostly mirrors a House proposal that doesn't alter the ferry system's budget significantly.

The proposal allots $4.87 billion for more than 700 projects, the most costly being Washington State Highway 520 bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacements. About $1.25 billion is dedicated to the 520 bridge replacement alone.

Read More:   Bloomberg Businessweek

3/8/11: Higher education leaders offer ominous vision of possible future cuts

Washington's public colleges have been preparing for budget battles expected to unfold later this month.  No one knows how much money will be appropriated in the upcoming biennium for the state's six four-year universities and 34 community and technical colleges, including Olympic College. But it's certain to be less than in the previous two-year budget cycle.

Read more: Kitsap Sun