Eye On Olympia archive for Feb. 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

"We are of course neutral on this bill..."

Nonprofit groups walk a bit of a tightrope when lobbying for or against something, which is why press releases from them often come with a peculiar caveat like this one: "Nothing in this publication should be construed as an attempt to aid or hinder the...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009

Olympia code... 

But I reckon they all would like to see "all options on the table," which has come to mean "raise taxes" in much the same way "tax reform" means "pass an income tax." -Richard Davis, in a blog post about a spat over the economist...

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Fish and Wildlife bracing for more than 100 layoffs...

Managers at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have been telling more than 100 workers this week that their jobs may be axed, a victim of the state's $8 billion budget shortfall.On the chopping block: biologists, administrative staff, fish hatchery workers, computer technicians, budget...

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Late Rep. Hailey's spouse plans to run for his seat...

Lawmakers must speak well of Olympia to their family members.Yesterday, the state House of Representatives welcomed new Rep. Laura Grant-Herriot, D-Walla Walla, who was appointed to the seat recently vacated by her late father, Rep. Bill Grant.Now Pat Hailey, wife of former state Rep. Steve...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Revenue forecast numbers:

For the remainder of the 07-09 biennium: down $721 million from what was thought in Nov.For the 09-11 biennium: down $1.587 billion. Biggest drops: sales and use tax ($823 million) and real estate excise tax ($394 million).Total loss from November's numbers: $2.3 billion.

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Lunchtime reading for you: tax proposal on the way, porn tax dead, and longshot plan would free up money for Spokane's megaproject...

Worthwhile reading on your lunch hour:-Unions, others are polling on what state tax increases voters would find palatable. From the Tacoma News-Tribune's Joe Turner:Meanwhile, the shadow legislature of unions and other stakeholders is out their holding "focus groups" in communities. They're trying to figure out...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.

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