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In brief: Police say men shot each other

Mon., Nov. 28, 2011, midnight

Police were still piecing together details Sunday of a weekend shooting outside the Broadway Bar and Grill, 1811 W. Broadway Ave.

According to the Spokane Police Department, two men were injured in the shooting, which sent one to a hospital in critical condition. The other fled and had yet to be located. KHQ-TV reported earlier that the two men involved in the shooting arrived at the Broadway Bar and Grill together, and they left together when the bar closed. They reportedly began arguing outside the bar and one of the men pulled a handgun and shot the other multiple times. The injured man apparently also had a handgun and shot back.

The identities of the men were being withheld and no description of the suspect was available Sunday evening.

Gregoire’s budget claims are relative

OLYMPIA – In laying out the case for a possible tax increase, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire stood by a pie chart and talked about how the state had already cut $10.5 billion since 2008. That number is only true if you stretch the interpretation of what a budget cut is.

Even if her new round of $1.7 billion of budget reductions go through, Washington is still scheduled to spend about $30 billion in its current general fund budget, more than the last budget cycle and only $1.5 billion less than the peak in the 2007-’09 budget. Her much bigger calculation comes because of how budget writers view projected growth in government.

Many of the cuts are simply automatic spending increases that didn’t end up happening. For example, because the state twice suspended automatic cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, budgeters counted it as a “cut” of $682 million.

While the claim for $10.5 billion cuts may be a stretch, Gregoire did accurately portray a long-term slide in state revenue when accounting for personal income and population. In 1995, the state brought in almost 7 cents for every dollar of personal income in Washington. That’s now less than 5 cents, according to state data.


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