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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009



News roundup...

-Speaking in Spokane, the state's revenue forecaster, Arun Raha, says he expects the recession to end in August or September.-The Seattle Times' Joni Balter is skeptical that the solution to Washington state's revenue woes is an income tax. Look at Oregon, she writes. -The Washington…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009



No raises for state elected officials...

Not surprisingly, the citizen's panel that sets salaries for lawmakers, the governor, many judges and other state-paid officials has voted not to give any of them raises for the next two years."The Commission regrets the need to take this action," said a statement put out…

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Here's the budget veto list...

The governor's office has posted the listed of items she vetoed in the budget. Some, like vetoing lawmakers' plan to take $29 million from the state auditor's office, are substantial. But in dozens of cases, the vetoes were simply technical adjustments, such as taking out…

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009


Buy local produce, not art...

The next time you're buying apples, potatoes or cherries, the state wants you to buy locally."Next time you shop, look for Washington products, or ask your grocer for them," Gov. Chris Gregoire says in a commercial on the state-backed Heart of Washington website. "It's a…

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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009


FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009




THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009


TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

Rep. Cox bows out (again)...

State Rep. Don Cox is retiring from the statehouse for a second time.Cox, 69, says he won't run for re-election this fall. He was appointed Jan. 19 to the seat left vacant by then-Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, who died abruptly of cancer just after Christmas.Cox,…

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MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009


FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009

Election time...let's see who's filed... 

No, not Lisa Brown yet for governor. Locally, however, there's already some interest in city council seats. A quick run through Public Disclosure Commission files shows that:Tom Towey is running for a Spokane Valley city council seat. Towey's a Spokane Valley planning commission member, longtime…

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009

Yay, another mention in Forbes...oh, wait... 

And Forbes magazine, apparently unimpressed with the official "Near nature, near perfect" city slogan in Spokane, today pronounced the Lilac City the "Scam Capital of America." From writer William Barrett's story:Welcome to Spokane, Wash., a metropolitan object lesson in what can befall the unwary when…

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