Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 2003

FRIDAY, JAN. 31, 2003

Banning strikes by teachers...

Should teachers be allowed to strike? Some state senators say no. On Friday, the Senate Commerce and Trade Committee held a hearing on two bills dealing with the issue. Senate Bill 5155 would ban strikes by educational employees. Senate Bill 5021 would prevent teachers and...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 2003

The first one out of the gate: Performance Audits

The House of Representatives, in its first vote this year, will consider Substitute House Bill 1053 Wednesday. The bill would allow "performance audits" of state agencies, to see how well they're doing their jobs."It's something that we have not had an opportunity to do in...

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Where'd that money go?

Remember last year's brouhaha over Gonzaga University's $1.5 million request for a stadium, err, parking lot? State lawmakers had heartburn, and so did the university, reluctant to surrender control of the planned stadium in exchange for a relatively small percentage of state construction money. Both...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2003

EWU's Steve Jordan on school vouchers -- for college

Eastern Washington University President Steve Jordan braved controversy and made a pitch Thursday for vouchers in public higher education, calling them "a bad idea whose time has come." To listen to a Television Washington recording of Jordan's presentation, along with responses from other higher education...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2003

West Side Snapshot

Hundreds of gambling-industry workers demonstrated in the Olympia rain Tuesday, asking state lawmakers to allow slot-style machines at non-Indian casinos, taverns, bowling alleys, charity fundraisers and fraternal lodges. Tribes, they said, have a monopoly on the popular electronic machines. Read the full story.

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Who's paid what:

Want to know how big the governor's paycheck is? Or the attorney general's? Or a state Supreme Court justice's?You can see the salary schedule for state officials, including state lawmakers, at this site.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2003

Helping you wade through the bureaucratic babble

How do our state and local taxes compare to those paid by people in other states?How many state employees are there in Washington?How can you file a consumer complaint with state officials?How do you get your own citizens’ initiative on the ballot?Who donated money to...

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