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    Crosscut Live! A chat with Rep. Reuven Carlyle

    The House Finance Committee chair joined us at Olympia's Swing Wine Bar to talk taxes, death penalty and the future of Washington State.

    Crosscut headed down to Swing Wine Bar in Olympia on Tuesday night to talk with Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle and chair of the House Finance Committee. Carlyle has represented the 36th District since 2008. The district, which he has won handily, encompasses Seattle's Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods and is among the most educated, progressive and affluent in the state.

    As reigning head of the House Finance Committee, we were eager to get Carlyle's take on the budget battles underway in Olympia as lawmakers try to find a few extra billions for education spending — to comply with the Supreme Court's McCleary ruling — without gutting social services and other state programs. (We also veered off into the death penalty and the future.) Here's what Rep. Carlyle had to say. 

    On taxes:


    On Gov. Jay Inslee's moratorium on executions:


    And on the future:

    Mary Bruno is the Editor-in-Chief of Crosscut.

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    Posted Thu, Mar 6, 8:42 p.m. Inappropriate

    I really like Reuven. I don't always agree with what he has to say but isn't that what debate is about?

    "The party of Dan Evans is gone" Sad, but true.


    Posted Sat, Mar 8, 5:55 a.m. Inappropriate

    It must be frustrating to be in the Majority Party and the Minority all at the same time. What real progress can Carlyle and the Democrats point too? Please don't use the lame "They don't hold the Senate" line.
    Thirty years in the Governors mansion and at least one chamber of the legislature have left Washingtonians with essentially the same issues under Democrat control. The sad truth is if Carlyle's agenda isn't getting passed he should run for Majority Leader and try to move some of the good old boys ( Frank Chopp) out of leadership.


    Posted Sat, Mar 8, 11:22 p.m. Inappropriate

    He's the only person in Olympia who even acknowledges the iniquities of corporate welfare in this state and for that he deserves a forum and a free beer.


    Posted Sun, Mar 9, 5:22 a.m. Inappropriate

    Not only does he recognize it, he supports it and votes for it in every budget he votes "yeah" for. Doesn't anyone remember the bill he had to reduce under performing tax exemptions a couple sessions back... to take effect in 2017. Yep he is a crusader for reform alright.


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