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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Lunchtime reading for you: tax proposal on the way, porn tax dead, and longshot plan would free up money for Spokane's megaproject...

Worthwhile reading on your lunch hour:-Unions, others are polling on what state tax increases voters would find palatable. From the Tacoma News-Tribune's Joe Turner:Meanwhile, the shadow legislature of unions and other stakeholders is out their holding "focus groups" in communities. They're trying to figure out…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009

SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

MAC attack turned partly back...

This one's of interest mainly to readers in Spokane. From tomorrow's paper:OLYMPIA _ A controversial proposal to merge the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture with its Western Washington counterpart appears to be dead.One of the state's most powerful lawmakers said Thursday that the Senate…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

More on the porn tax...

From an interview last night with Rep. Mark Miloscia, who's proposed tacking on an extra 18.5 percent sales tax onto adult videos, cable shows, etc."Somebody brought this to me and I said `Wow. Well, why not?'" said Miloscia, D-Federal Way.His bill is actually a nearly-verbatim…

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Early out of the gate: a bill from Driscoll

The state Senate is scheduled this morning to pass a bill, HB 1113, sponsored by local Rep. John Driscoll.The bill is a $133 million sale of state bonds to pay for school construction projects that are already underway.The work was already planned, but inflation and…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

Another sin to tax: porn...

With Washington's sin taxes pretty much maxxed out -- we have among the highest tobacco and liquor taxes in America -- one state lawmaker has a novel idea for a new source of state revenue: a tax on pornography.In essence, the proposal would tax porn…

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Budget: not getting better...

The news continues to get worse for Washington's treasury.The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council today said that state revenue is down about $63 million lower than expected over the past four weeks. Revenue from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10 -- which due to delays…

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