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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009


 (The Spokesman-Review)

Domestic partners bill clears House committee...

A controversial bill to give same-sex and senior-citizen heterosexual domestic partners virtually all the rights and responsibilities of married couples was voted out of committee 7-4 earlier today over the objections of Republicans. The bill, SB 5688, has already cleared the Senate.Local Rep. Matt Shea,…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009





The "Spokane Moms" remain in the game...

Last year, local young mothers went to bat in Olympia to win more state dollars for school libraries. They proved to be savvy grassroots lobbyists, and succeeded against pretty long odds.Now, the same group is trying to put some meat on skeletal bills aimed at…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009



It's $522 million less...

The March revenue forecast shows state revenue down $552 million more for the remainder of this biennium (07-09) and the upcoming one (09-11)."The (economic) outlook is worse, both for the nation and the state," said Arun Raha, the state's chief economic revenue forecaster.This morning's news…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009


Where the jobs are: go to Yakima, the Tri-Cities... 

So says a quarterly survey by the staffing company Manpower, reported recently in Forbes. From the article:Cities in the Pacific Northwest and Texas have the best employment outlook for April through June, while cities in the the Southeast have the weakest, according to the study.Yakima's…

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

Spokane tax vote: Lessons for the state?

My colleague Jim Camden has a great blog post re: two recent local bond issues. And with Olympia mulling the idea of sending a tax hike to voters this year, it seems like there are some broader takeaways here.Quick background: The city of Spokane wanted…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009


And business weighs in on e-mail incident....

Among those apparently not regretting the incident is the Association of Washington Business.AWB added its own statement to a growing list of them, as lawmakers, the state Labor Council and others weigh in on allegedly illegal pressure put on lawmakers as they decided whether to…

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