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Washington state is realizing a nearly $2 billion, or roughly 7 percent, increase in tax collections this two-year budget cycle as the economy slowly begins to turn a corner. Yet today,...

Feb. 29, 2012

With the 2011 second special session wrapped up for the holidays, Rep. Mark Hargrove believes budget leaders in the majority party could have done more to address the spending gap created...

Dec. 22, 2011

After a 103-day regular legislative session and a 30-day special session, the House of Representatives approved a record high $32.2 billion operating budget for the 2011-13 biennium. Rep. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington,...

May 26, 2011

As you likely know, the majority party negotiations between the House and Senate stalled in the regular session, which adjourned April 22. The governor called the Legislature back for a 30-day...

May 16, 2011

With Democratic leadership in the state House and Senate unable to come to an agreement on several key issues, most notably the 2011-13 state operating budget, the Legislature is heading into...

April 22, 2011

This is my last email update for the regular 2011 legislative session, but as you know we are being called back for a special session to finish the state budget. Below...

April 21, 2011

The House of Representatives today passed the state operating budget contained in House Bill 1087, which proposes to spend a record $32.4 billion, or $2 billion more than the current budget....

April 9, 2011