Publications

New report: McCleary Deadline Approaching, But How Long Will the Solution Last?

In a new report, we write about the McCleary decision, education funding enhancements the state has made in response, and what remains to be done. We also provide background on the state property tax system and school funding.

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New brief: 2016 Supplemental Operating Budget Doesn't Increase Taxes But Does Tap the Rainy Day Fund

Last week the Legislature passed a 2016 supplemental operating budget. We review the budget in a new policy brief. Briefly:

New brief: Supplemental Maintenance Level Changes Are Driven By the Health Care Authority

Health Care Authority (HCA) maintenance level increases make up the vast majority of all maintenance level changes in the 2016 supplemental operating budget proposals. If adopted, HCA maintenance level changes would increase spending by $159.1 million. We take a look at the issue in a new policy brief.

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New brief: Senate-Passed Supplemental Operating Budget Would Modestly Increase Spending Within Existing Revenues

On Friday, the Senate passed a 2016 supplemental operating budget proposal. We describe the proposal in a new policy brief. Briefly,

New brief: House-Passed Supplemental Operating Budget Would Increase Spending, Increase Taxes, and Tap the Rainy Day Fund

The House passed a 2016 supplemental operating budget last night. In a new policy brief, we take a look at the House-passed proposal. Briefly:

New report: By Mandating A Specific Compensation Mix, Labor Policies Take Flexibility Out of the Equation

In a new report, we take a look at various labor policy issues that are being discussed in the state this year. Briefly:

New brief: Gov. Inslee’s Teacher Shortage Proposal: Good Policy, Bad Timing?

When Gov. Inslee proposed his 2016 supplemental budget, he also proposed a teacher recruitment and retention plan. We take a look at it in a new policy brief: Gov. Inslee’s Teacher Shortage Proposal: Good Policy, Bad Timing?

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New brief: Gov. Inslee’s 2016 Supplemental Operating Budget Proposal Would Increase 2015–17 Spending by 1.4 Percent

In a new policy brief, we look at Gov. Inslee's proposed 2016 supplemental operating budget. Briefly:

  • Costs for firefighting and other services are significantly higher than anticipated when the original 2015–17 budget was enacted.
  • The proposal would increase 2015–17 spending by $520.5 million.
  • An additional $178.2 million would be spent from the Budget Stabilization Account for fire costs.
  • The proposed budget would not balance over four years.

New report: Washington Businesses Account for 58 Percent of State and Local Tax Collections

In a new report, we look at recent publications from the Council On State Taxation and the Tax Foundation. Briefly:

County spending and revenue reports: Pierce, Snohomish, Benton and Franklin

Today we've published stand-alone reports on the spending and revenues of Pierce County, Snohomish County, Benton County, and Franklin County.

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