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Wassup: April 23

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is scheduled to sign tax increases today at 1:30 p.m.

There’s the $1 per pack cigarette tax plus the tax package that backs up the rest of the supplemental budget, which includes higher taxes on beer, soda, bottled water, candy and gum, and an increase in the business and occupation tax for most service industries as well as hikes in taxes for out-of-state companies that do business in Washington.

Meanwhile, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers wants the Boeing Co.”to demand an end to human rights abuses in Columbia as an essential pre-condition for the passage of any Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with that country.”

Anyone else think this request would be much more effective if they spelled the name of the country, Colombia, correctly?

And, a Web site that offers odds on just about anything anyone can dream up, is making Calilfornia the favorite to decriminalize marijuana by Dec. 31, and is rated at even money. Washington is listed at 5-to-2 odds (psst: that’s a sucker’s bet because that bill died in the Legislature, which has gone home, and the only hope for that happening around here is a November initiative.)

No decriminalization by Dec. 31 is the smart bet, although it’s going off at 1-to-3.

Wassup: April 22

It’s Earth Day. If you haven’t bought a card or gift for your beloved, there’s still time to stop on the way home. Oh, wait, wrong holiday. If you haven’t picked up some earth for your beloved, be sure to stop on the way home…

To mark Earth Day, members of Congress are doing what they do best. Holding hearings.Sen. Maria Cantwell has a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee’s oceans, atmosphere, fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee, to talk about oceans.

In Spokane, city officials and folks from Avista are unveiling an “electric vehicle charging” station at 11 a.m., in the parking lot just north of City Hall.

Expect a wide range of statements from various honorables talking about what a great planet we live on and how we need to protect it.

In other news, House Republicans, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, will announce a resolution to reform the earmark process.

And folks will continue talking about the latest statewide initiative to be filed, which would put a state income tax in place in Washington.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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