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Eye On Olympia

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009


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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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009


Roundup: Nafziger, Davis, Roach...

Ouch: Senate Democratic chief of staff Rich Nafziger, on his personal blog, blasts Gov. Chris Gregoire for continuing to favor budget cuts over a tax increase. Nafziger, tongue firmly in cheek, names Gregoire the recipient of his new weekly Herbert Hoover award. (Vast 1930s' tent…

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More details...

Here's the list of boards and commissions slated for elimination or reconsideration.In a press conference, Gregoire talked about needing to "de-layer state government" and make it more nimble and relevant to Washingtonians' needs.The 154 boards and commissions she's ending (or recommending that lawmakers do) are…

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Who's that in the jury box?

Gov. Chris Gregoire has delayed the 9:30 a.m. rollout of a series of government reforms because she's been called for jury duty at the county courthouse."No, I am not kidding," Gregoire spokesman Pearse Edwards wrote in an e-mail announcing the delay.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 8, 2009

Lawmakers propose that a 15-person commission spend months studying, among other things, the Legislature's "representativeness" and "informedness"... 

In the Senate, legislators are mulling "creat(ing) a commission within the legislature to evaluate the legislature."I'm guessing that means studying whether Washington needs a full-time legislature, but judge for yourself. After some rhetorical throat-clearing, here's how the bill starts out:"WHEREAS, Questions arise as to whether…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

Domestic-partners hearing, by the numbers...

(And thanks to the helpful person who compiled this for me.)28: Number of sign-in sheets required for the standing-room-only crowd that testified in a House committee Thursday.197: Number of people who signed in.43: In favor of the bill, which would grant domestic partners virtually all…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2009


Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.