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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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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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

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

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

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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