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Tag Archives: Fiscal Responsibility

Washington State Legislature adjourns Sine Die; Jay Inslee says session a huge success

Excerpt: The 2019 Washington State legislative session has adjourned Sine Die. Read NPI's recap of the session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Democrats unveil their own capital gains tax plan, but it doesn’t fund our schools

Excerpt: Levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy is a very good idea, but the Senate Democrats' plan sadly does not dedicate the money to our schools.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Good news: House Democrats introduce bill to create progressive tax reform task force

Excerpt: The legislation would create a task force to set Washington on a pathway to developing a credible plan to overhaul our unfair, broken tax code.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate votes to keep the federal government funded through September 2019

Excerpt: The legislation would avert another Trump shutdown just three weeks after Congress temporarily voted to reopen the government without funding Trump's wall.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump caves to Democrats, says he’ll sign bill to temporarily reopen the federal government

Excerpt: Donald Trump has agreed to temporarily reopen the federal government without money for the construction a wall on the border with Mexico.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate fails to advance legislation to reopen the federal government

Excerpt: The federal government remains shut down, but the Senate Republicans are splintering, which could mean Congress might soon finally stand up to Trump.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Democrats use their new majority to pass bills to reopen the federal government

Excerpt: The House acted on two bills: one to re-open and fund the government until September (H. R. 21) and one to fund the Department of Homeland Security without money for a border wall (H. J. Res 1). Each passed easily.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Federal agencies in limbo thanks to the intransigence of Individual Number One

Excerpt: The #TrumpShutdown is here.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: This is your brain on “Collusion”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, by Nomi Prins
Written by:David A Johnson
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Victory! Bill to levy capital gains tax gets “do pass” recommendation from House Finance

Excerpt: A bill that would make Washington's upside down tax code more just and equitable by levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy has just been reported out of the House Finance Committee with a "do pass" recommendation.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Transparency matters: States like Washington need to adopt a tax expenditure budget

Excerpt: It's no secret that Washington has an upside down tax code, but what is largely a secret is who benefits from all the tax exemptions currently on our books. Other states keep a list of their tax breaks and how much they cost, but Washington doesn't. Learn why it's imperative we start doing so by reading this post.
Written by:Steve Zemke
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U.S. Congress votes to reopen the federal government, reauthorize CHIP for six years

Excerpt: Today, majorities in each house of the United States Congress voted to reopen and fund the federal government through February 8th, 2018, as well as reauthorize CHIP for another six years, after Senate Democrats reached understanding with Senate Republicans regarding the fate of DACA.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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For the first time, the federal government has shut down under one party (Republican!) rule

Excerpt: Proving once again that they are utterly incapable of governing, the Trump regime and congressional Republicans collectively failed tonight to keep the federal government funded and open for business, resulting in the first government shutdown in the history of the United States under one party rule.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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All systems go! Legislature *finally* sends capital budget to Governor Inslee’s desk

Excerpt: We have a capital budget! After many months and weeks of Four Corner negotiations, the Washington State Legislature has voted almost unanimously to authorize billions of dollars' worth of important, necessary projects that will strengthen our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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