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Eye On Olympia budget archive

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009

A closer look at the budget...

Lawmakers on Friday released the details of their proposed two-year operating budget and a quick scan of the 515-page document suggests that they did, in fact, use scalpels instead of hatchets. In addition to the major changes for schools, colleges, social services and health care,...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009

Figureskating with a target on their back...

I missed this in the Senate budget earlier this week, but others sure didn't:45. Star USA Skating Spokane - Funding is provided to Star USA to assist hosting the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, scheduled for Jan. 14-24, 2010.How much funding? A couple hundred...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 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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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

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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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009


TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

Lunchtime reading for you...

What we're reading:-This analysis, by a private think tank called the Washington State Budget and Policy Center, of the differences between House Democrats' recent cost-cutting plan and a similar proposal from Gov. Chris Gregoire. Researcher Jeff Chapman concludes that the House would reduce the budget...

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009

SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

Higher ed: Cut us and it'll cost ya...

Go to any budget committee in Olympia and it will quickly become apparent that the near-universal argument for anyone seeking state money is this: "Spend on this worthy program now. You'll save money down the road."At the moment, some of the bigger voices in this...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Republican reaction to Gregoire...

Mixed reviews from the GOP side of the aisle to Gov. Chris Gregoire's call for an economic stimulus plan, government reform and other changes this year:"This is a financial wreck that she spent four years creating, and then to be shocked when it comes due...

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

Catching up...

From the print paper:Each January, by tradition, Washington’s top lawmakers choose theme songs for the upcoming session. Most are lighthearted.Speaking to reporters last week, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown read from a Bob Dylan song.“Broken hands on broken plows, broken treaties, broken vows,” she read....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

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