Eye On Olympia archive for May 2009

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009


Kiplinger's rates Olympia sixth-best city  

In a study of more than 360 metropolitan areas by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, Olympia was rated 6th-highest in the nation for salary growth. Pay there rose an average of 22 percent from 2004-2008, according to the magazine. Median household income in Olympia is now...

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In wake of today's court ruling, Washingtonians on both sides of the same-sex marriage divide try to gauge lessons from California...

California's supreme court has upheld Proposition 8, the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling, however, allows thousands of same-sex marriages performed prior to the ban.California's experience has been closely watched in Washington, where gay marriage opponents have filed a referendum to undo a...

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009



News roundup...

-Speaking in Spokane, the state's revenue forecaster, Arun Raha, says he expects the recession to end in August or September.-The Seattle Times' Joni Balter is skeptical that the solution to Washington state's revenue woes is an income tax. Look at Oregon, she writes. -The Washington...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009

Clock continues to tick for R-71 proponents...

I'll be amazed if someone doesn't file a court challenge to the proposed ballot language for Referendum 71, which asks voters to veto a new law giving same-sex domestic partners the same state rights and responsibilities as spouses.Not that the language is that murky. But...

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No raises for state elected officials...

Not surprisingly, the citizen's panel that sets salaries for lawmakers, the governor, many judges and other state-paid officials has voted not to give any of them raises for the next two years."The Commission regrets the need to take this action," said a statement put out...

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Here's the budget veto list...

The governor's office has posted the listed of items she vetoed in the budget. Some, like vetoing lawmakers' plan to take $29 million from the state auditor's office, are substantial. But in dozens of cases, the vetoes were simply technical adjustments, such as taking out...

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009


This time, both sides say, it really is for the kids...

Hundreds of people crammed into Seattle Montlake Community Center yesterday to watch the governor sign legislation granting same-sex domestic partners many of the rights of spouses.The place was crammed with kids. There were strollers, scampering toddlers and a class of fidgeting preschoolers in matching red...

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Buy local produce, not art...

The next time you're buying apples, potatoes or cherries, the state wants you to buy locally."Next time you shop, look for Washington products, or ask your grocer for them," Gov. Chris Gregoire says in a commercial on the state-backed Heart of Washington website. "It's a...

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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009


FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009



DSHS consolidating substance-abuse contract offices... 

The Department of Social and Health Services is phasing out all its regional offices for the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, the agency confirmed Friday. The offices manage state contracts with local providers for drug- and alcohol treatment."Our regional offices don't provide any direct...

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

WSU president on governor's new "Council on Aerospace"

With a stroke of the pen, Gov. Chris Gregoire today created "the Washington Council on Aerospace," intended to remind Boeing and related industries that Washington loves them."The council will oversee state efforts to ensure that Washington remains the leading location in the world in which...

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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

Rep. Cox bows out (again)...

State Rep. Don Cox is retiring from the statehouse for a second time.Cox, 69, says he won't run for re-election this fall. He was appointed Jan. 19 to the seat left vacant by then-Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, who died abruptly of cancer just after Christmas.Cox,...

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