Eye On Olympia archive for Dec. 2008

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

Roundup:

Trying to get a weekend story done, so I'll let others do the talking:-Joe Turner, on why big tuition hikes at Washington's state colleges may be in the works,-Rich Nafziger, on why that would be a bad, bad idea,-Jim Camden, on how Peter Goldmark is...

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Marshburn takes the helm, for now at least, at DSHS

Stan Marshburn, a longtime state official, has been named interim head of the state Department of Social and Health Services. Marshburn takes over Jan. 5, when the agency's current chief, Robin Arnold-Williams, switches hats to become the new director of Gov. Chris Gregoire's stable of...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

State Rep. Steve Hailey dead at 63

Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, died Sunday, about a year after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He would have turned 64 next month.A farmer and rancher from the Franklin County town of Mesa, Hailey was elected on his second try in 2006, narrowly beating fellow...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2008

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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

Living within your means...

As my son rejoices at the closure of school for the day, I am thinking about the people in the homeless shelters and using food banks, and the families who created the longest line ever for the Christmas Bureau sponsored annually by the Spokesman-Review. So...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

Governor's budget: What initiative?

Gov. Chris Gregoire's budget plan doesn't include the money to pay for an initiative approved by voters just last month. I-1029 -- like the governor herself -- was heavily supported by members of the Service Employees International Union. Here are the details, from the TNT's...

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State worker union head: "Don't panic. Fight."

Washington Federation of State Employees president Carol Dotlich had some words of advice for fellow union members at a recent banquet in Spokane:"When you see that budget, I don't want you to overreact to it," she reportedly told the crowd. "I don't want you to...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008


Detailing the cuts...

Gov. Chris Gregoire's two-year budget plan, released Thursday, suggests closing a $5.7 billion budget shortfall with deep cuts. Here's a look at some of the biggest cuts, local cuts, and some new local spending: Education: -do away with cost-of-living raises for teachers and other school...

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Also:

-2,400 fewer jobs -and a 13 percent across-the-board cut to the state's four-year colleges and 6 percent for community and technical colleges.

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Budget cuts, by area...

Cuts, by area: K-12: 5.6 percent Public safety: 6.3 percent Early learning: 6.4 percent Higher education: 7.6 percent Health care and human services: 12.2 percent Natural resources: 12.2 percent

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008


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