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2014 Washington State Budget

  • Author(s): Benjamin, Francis
  • Chavez, Maria
  • Lovrich, Nicholas
  • et al.

The 2014 legislative session ended rather unremarkably with a do-no-harm budget and significant political finger pointing.  The majority caucus in the House and Senate held their ground throughout the session, with the usual “no new taxes” vs. “need for rethinking tax breaks and some creative thought on revenue enhancement,” with little accomplished.  The legislators worked on a number of major issues, including amendments to the marijuana statute enacted in 2012, oil-transport via rail, gun control, minimum-wage, and gasoline-tax increases for enhancements to the transportation infrastructure, but by the end the only noteworthy accomplishments aside from a minimal supplemental budget was the ample placing of blame on political opponents.

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