Washington budget crisis http://kplu.org en Government shutdown? Prisons would stay open, but much of the state would not http://kplu.org/post/government-shutdown-prisons-would-stay-open-much-state-would-not <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061213AJ_Brown_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington prisons would stay open, but much of the state would not if there’s a government shutdown. Governor Jay Inslee met with his cabinet Wednesday to begin contingency planning if there’s no budget by the end of the month. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:09:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9076 at http://kplu.org Government shutdown? Prisons would stay open, but much of the state would not Washington estate tax refunds halted after midnight bill signing http://kplu.org/post/washington-estate-tax-refunds-halted-after-midnight-bill-signing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061413AJ_EstateTax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>There were dramatic developments in Olympia overnight. Governor Jay Inslee held a midnight bill signing to amend Washington’s estate tax. The move means the Department of Revenue will not begin to issue refund checks Friday morning to the heirs of some multi-million dollar estates.<p>The state of Washington was about to embark on a months-long process of refunding an estimated $140 million to more than 100 estates. This was the result of a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:09:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9075 at http://kplu.org Washington estate tax refunds halted after midnight bill signing Higher ed cuts, suspension of state aid in Gregoire's budget proposal http://kplu.org/post/higher-ed-cuts-suspension-state-aid-gregoires-budget-proposal <p>The supplemental budget proposal submitted by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire today includes cuts in higher education funding and the suspension of the State Work Study Program for college and university students.</p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:59:53 +0000 Glenn Mosley 3240 at http://kplu.org Gregoire proposes half-cent sales tax increase for Washington http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-proposes-half-cent-sales-tax-increase-washington <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Republicans call it a bad idea. Advocates on the left say it&rsquo;s not enough. Those are some of the responses to Washington Governor Chris Gregoire&rsquo;s proposal Monday to temporarily raise the state sales tax.</p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:50:16 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3238 at http://kplu.org Gregoire proposes half-cent sales tax increase for Washington Seattle think tank floats state capital gains tax http://kplu.org/post/seattle-think-tank-floats-state-capital-gains-tax <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington voters last year rejected a state income tax on high-wage earners. Now a left-of-center think tank is proposing a tax on investors to help bail out the state budget.</p><p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 22:59:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3093 at http://kplu.org Seattle think tank floats state capital gains tax