OLYMPIA --A group of about 80 people marched from the north side of the Capitol to the space between the House and Senate office buildings at lunchtime, calling for a "moral budget" that raises taxes rather than cutting programs.
Among them were a group clad in orange road-worker vests who had walked some 50 miles to Olympia over the weekend to emphasize they were serious in their efforts. As protests go this legislative session, it was one of the smaller ones. But the orange vests added a splash of color.
In other tax-raising news, Sen. Paull Shin, D-Seattle, sent an "open letter" to Washington residents explaining that he introduced a bill to increase the sales tax because it was the only way, absent a full-scale tax system overhaul, to raise money that would save programs.
The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on its version of an "all-cuts" budget this afternoon. Leaders of both parties were predicting bipartisan support in the end, although there may be a stack of amendments first.