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TVW Update

‘Legislative Year in Review’ recaps the extended 2015 session

The state Legislature adjourned on July 10 after a record-setting 176 days. In this hour-long edition of "Legislative Year in Review," we recap the highlights of the significant bills that passed -- and failed to pass -- during the regular and overtime sessions. Continue reading ‘Legislative Year in Review’ recaps the extended 2015 session

Budget writers get $400 million boost from latest revenue forecast

Stephen Lerch

The state is on track to collect about $400 million more in revenue in the current and upcoming budget cycles, giving legislative budget writers a boost as they attempt to negotiate a deal in the remaining 10 days of special session.

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council expects the state… Continue reading Budget writers get $400 million boost from latest revenue forecast

Latvian Ambassador’s message to Olympia: ‘Europe is not only five countries’

Latvia’s ambassador to the United States made his first-ever official visit to Washington’s Capitol late last month with a message for state leaders: Latvia is an independent country, free from Russia’s grip and eager to trade. Continue reading Latvian Ambassador’s message to Olympia: ‘Europe is not only five countries’

Live from the Capitol: TVW’s opening day show starts 10 a.m. Monday

The Washington State Legislature’s 2015 session begins Monday, Jan. 12. Opening ceremonies start at noon, but watch TVW early to catch exclusive interviews with lawmakers, who will discuss key issues for the coming months. Continue reading Live from the Capitol: TVW’s opening day show starts 10 a.m. Monday

Lawmakers offer preview of 2015 session at Washington Policy Center summit in Bellevue

It wasn't quite a debate, but the differences were clear in presentations on state legislative priorities given by Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond) and Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) at the Washington Policy Center's Solutions Summit in Bellevue on Wednesday. Continue reading Lawmakers offer preview of 2015 session at Washington Policy Center summit in Bellevue

Lawmakers facing budget shortfall, say Initiative 1351 ‘creates a problem’

Economic forecasters said Wednesday the state is on track to collect $36.9 billion in the next two-year budget cycle, about $275 million more than they previously forecasted. But it is still not enough to cover current government services and K-12 education obligations. Lawmakers will be facing about a $2.2 billion dollar shortfall for the 2015-17 budget. Continue reading Lawmakers facing budget shortfall, say Initiative 1351 ‘creates a problem’

Legislative Year in Review

On this special one-hour edition of "Legislative Year in Review," we recap the highlights from the 2014 legislative session -- from opening day to Sine Die. The show includes debate over issues such as the Dream Act, minimum wage, gun control, abortion insurance bill, death penalty, mental health, teacher evaluations, taxing e-cigarettes and the supplemental budget. Plus, a quick wrap-up of several of the bills that passed this year. Watch the show below: Continue reading Legislative Year in Review
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