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U.S. House votes to raise debt ceiling, impose Republican-demanded austerity measures

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.

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Biden, McCarthy say they’ve reached a deal to respond to Republicans’ ransom demands

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.

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House Republicans’ “Default on America Act” would devastate services like veterans’ care

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.

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Legislature agrees on operating budget for 2023–2025 and sends it to Governor Inslee

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.

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Voters in Washington State strongly support taxing extreme wealth, NPI poll confirms

67% of 874 like­ly vot­ers sur­veyed by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling in March 2023 for NPI said they sup­port­ed levy­ing a one per­cent wealth tax on Wash­ing­ton res­i­dents whose world­wide wealth exceeds a quar­ter bil­lion dol­lars, to ben­e­fit the state’s essen­tial pub­lic ser­vices, while only 28% were opposed and 5% were not sure.