Category Archives: Jim Moeller

House Approves Rep. Moeller Bills to Correct Technical Issues for Married Couples

OLYMPIA – Three years ago, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation to recognize same-sex marriage. However, there still exist obsolete or antiquated laws that don’t properly address same-sex marriages and state departments require clarity on how they should be handled, such as retirement accounts for state employees and their spouses. In addition, there are laws that don’t reflect recent changes in society, such as issues involving which spouse changes their name after getting married. State Representative Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, sponsored … Continue reading

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Legislative Update from Rep. Jim Moeller

In earlier messages I described the 3 budgets and what they do. Now I want to talk about the budget process. In other words – how do we decide what the budget looks like, what programs it covers etc.   We have to create a budget that both the Senate and the House supports.   This can be very challenging. How many times can you spend the state’s revenue growth? Republicans say an 8 percent revenue growth (about $3 billion “extra”) is … Continue reading

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Rep. Jim Moeller Weekly E-Newsletter – The Operating budget

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared information with you about 2 of the 3 state budgets: The Transportation and the Capital budgets. Today I want to tell you a little about the 3rd state budget, the Operating budget. The Operating budget includes funding for the general day-to-day operating expenses of state agencies, colleges and universities, and the public schools. Allotments to school districts, leases, goods and services, employee salaries and benefits, and medical assistance payments are typical operating expenses. … Continue reading

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Rep. Jim Moeller Weekly E-Newsletter – The Capital budget

Hi Folks, As you probably know, our state has 3 major budgets: The Transportation budget, the Capital budget, and the Operating budget. Last week we talked about the Transportation budget.   This week I wanted to speak with you about the Capital budget. The Capital budget includes funding for the construction and repair of state buildings, colleges, universities, parks, schools, housing for low-income and disabled persons, and services for low income seniors. In our district, previous Capital budgets have helped to … Continue reading

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