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Tag Archives: Budgeting

The right wing Washington Policy Center preaches fiscal responsibility, but hasn’t been practicing that principle itself

Excerpt: A Seattle Times story about the recent departure of the organization's CEO Michael Gallagher demonstrates that WPC isn't walking its talk.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Congress sends President Biden a new stopgap bill to keep federal government open

Excerpt: H.R. 2872, dubbed the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024, was sent to President Biden for signature after receiving affirmative votes in Congress on January 18th.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House passes another stopgap spending bill to avert shutdown, thanks to Democrats

Excerpt: 127 Republicans joined 209 Democrats to pass H.R. 6363, the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024, which will avert a partial government shutdown that would have begun this weekend.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Shutdown averted: Surprising pundits, Congress adopts clean continuing resolution

Excerpt: To the astonishment of many pundits, who often lack imagination, Congress on September 30th voted to keep the federal government open and buy more time to pass a slew of longer-term appropriations bills.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kevin McCarthy, House Republicans can’t even agree on how to waste time anymore

Excerpt: They don't know what they want and lack a strategy for getting it, so, consequently, Republicans can't even agree on how to waste time anymore. Political theater is getting supplanted by utter chaos and paralysis.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New fiscal dashboard proposed by NPI and Senator Kuderer goes live for Washingtonians

Excerpt: Prepared by the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) and the Office of Financial Management (OFM), the Budgeting for Washington's Future fiscal dashboard provides useful, truthful, and accurate information about state revenue and expenditures, as required by the legislation we created to get rid of Tim Eyman's push polls.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Open Government, Policy Topics
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U.S. Senate passes its version of the 2024 NDAA, with PNW Democrats split yea and nay

Excerpt: The bill, which passed 86-11, would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2024 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Putting a right wing poll of Washington State under the microscope: An evaluation of Echelon/Future42’s spring 2023 survey

Excerpt: This detailed analysis examines the flaws of a statewide public opinion research survey released by a right wing group in Washington State in late June of 2023.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate sends bill to raise debt ceiling, satisfy Republican ransom demands to Biden

Excerpt: The so-called Fiscal Responsibility Act received yea votes from almost two-thirds of the Senate, passing 63-36. Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey, and John Fetterman voted no, along with independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and seventeen Republican senators.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House votes to raise debt ceiling, impose Republican-demanded austerity measures

Excerpt: By a vote of 314-117, the House adopted the so-called Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, which "increases the federal debt limit, establishes new discretionary spending limits, rescinds unobligated funds, and expands work requirements for federal programs," as summarized by Congress' official legislative website.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Biden, McCarthy say they’ve reached a deal to respond to Republicans’ ransom demands

Excerpt: The White House announced late Saturday night that it has reached a deal with Kevin McCarthy and his deputies in the United States House of Representatives to avert a fiscal crisis that Republicans have been enthusiastically prepared to manufacture by refusing to provide the votes needed to raise the debt ceiling.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Republicans’ “Default on America Act” would devastate services like veterans’ care

Excerpt: As the clock clicks down on debt obligations, we are waking up to the consequences of Republicans' fiscal demands. Any evaluation goes beyond hyperbole, both in the stock market crash and loss of millions of jobs likely resulting from a default, but also for impacts of Republican-championed cuts on the state and federal services such as those provided by Veterans Affairs.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Legislature agrees on operating budget for 2023–2025 and sends it to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: ESSB 5187 is the vehicle for this year's operating budget. Its title is making 2023-2025 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. It is prime sponsored by Senator Christine Rolfes (D-23rd District: Kitsap Peninsula), the Chair of the Ways & Means Committee, which has budget writing responsibility in the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Whichever way the Supreme Court decides the Quinn case, it will be making public policy

Excerpt: Read NPI alum Patrick Stickney's assessment of the oral argument in Quinn et al v. State of Washington et al, the right wing legal challenge to Washington State's new capital gains tax on the wealthy.
Written by:Patrick Stickney
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