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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

What's in the state budget "deal", anyway?

OLYMPIA -- There was very little information on the 2013-15 operating budget that was announced Thursday, and only "broad-brush" details emerged during the day. Late last night, however, the Legislature got the whole enchilada up on the budget website. Plenty of time for everyone to…

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013

French named to MRSC post

Spokane County Commissioner Al French has been elected secretary of the board of directors of the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington. That puts him on track to become vice president in 2014 and president in 2015. French in a news release said he…

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OLYMPIA-Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative negotiators announce they've reached a deal on the state's operating budget. (Jim Camden)

Budget agreement reached

Inslee and legislative leaders say there's a budget deal. OLYMPIA – After 150 days of debating, posturing and negotiating legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee reached agreement Thursday – Day 151 – on a $33.6 billion spending plan to carry many state programs through the…

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Tougher DUI bill passes House

OLYMPIA -- Like the Senate a day before, the House gave unanimous approval Thursday to tougher penalties for people who drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. It requires anyone arrested on a second driving under the influence charge be taken to jail, spends…

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OLYMPIA-Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative negotiators announce they've reached a deal on the state's operating budget. (Jim Camden)

Announcing the deal

OLYMPIA -- Here's what it looked like when Gov. Jay Inslee announced they had a budget deal. . . just before the left without answering any questions about it Left to right: Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill, House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, Senate…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

Senate passes tougher DUI bill

OLYMPIA – The Senate gave unanimous approval Wednesday to tougher laws against people who drive drunk or under the influence of drugs, particularly repeat offenders. The proposal would require an automatic arrest for a second offense, and require ignition interlock devices on their vehicles before…

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OLYMPIA -- Mary Alice Heuschel, Gov. Jay Inslee's chief of staff, explains the effects of a state shutdown next week to reporters. (Jim Camden)

Gov's office preps for shutdown, hopes for deal

Heuschel describes some effects of a partial state government shutdown to reporters Wednesday. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee's staff tried to emphasize "tremendous concern" over a potential government shutdown that could be required next week without suggesting "the sky is falling". But they stressed there…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Members of the Backbone Campaign try to right an elephant they are inflating in the Capitol Rotunda as part of their call for a state income tax. (Jim Camden)

This protest required a lot of air 

Protesters work to prop up an elephant they are inflating on the Capitol Rotunda floor as part of a call for a state income tax. OLYMPIA -- As legislative leaders sweated the small stuff on the operating budget and other members awaited word of a…

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Running out of 'close' metaphors. A good sign? 

OLYMPIA -- Legislative budget negotiators appear to be running out of ways to describe how close they are to an agreement without actually reaching one. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, described the sides simply as "so close" and unlike last week wouldn't venture a…

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MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

Budget deal? Not yet

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee might be the latest player in the state's budget drama to offer an overly optimistic prediction of a possible conclusion. Legislative sources said late Monday afternoon it seemed unlikely a handshake over a budget agreement would come by Monday night.…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee tells reporters he thinks a deal on the 2013-15 budget could be struck by the end of the day Monday. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: Budget deal "very close"

Inslee predicts budget agreement by end of Monday. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee said legislators are could reach an agreement on the 2013-15 operating budget by the end of the day. "The current state of negotiations gives me confidence that agreement is imminent," Inslee told…

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Spec Sess II Day 13: Layoff notices go out 

OLYMPIA -- Most state agencies sent notices to their employees around 1 p.m. about temporary layoffs that would be coming if the Legislature does not pass a budget by June 30. If negotiators for the House and Senate reach an agreement that can be passed…

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013


Sunday Spin2: Clarifying on the estate tax

Last Sunday’s column on possible budget movement in the moribund Legislature included a brief reference to a recently passed change in the estate tax designed to overcome a state Supreme Court ruling that was about to require refunds to some families. A member of one…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013


WA Lege: No budget deal yet

OLYMPIA – Legislative negotiators remained locked in negotiations over the state’s 2013-15 budget Friday with prospects that a final agreement could be reached this weekend. The prospect of a partial state government shutdown seemed to be receding, although notices of a possible temporary layoff might…

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

Preparing for shutdown, or a budget deal 

OLYMPIA -- With state agencies preparing to warn many of their workers of temporary layoffs on Monday, legislators signaled they are close to a deal on a two-year operating budget. So close, in fact, the leaders of the Senate's Majority Coalition Caucus were predicting it…

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Government shutdown list in works 

OLYMPIA -- Despite a slightly better economic forecast and expectations of a budget deal among legislators, Gov. Jay Inslee's office has prepared a list of state services that would and wouldn't be available July 1 if a budget isn't passed. The preliminary list divides agencies…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013

Hamilton says he misspoke 

Spokane City Council candidate Mark Hamilton says he misspoke at Monday's council meeting. Testifying about the proposed pedestrian bridge that would link the WSU-Spokane campus with East Sprague Avenue over the BNSF tracks, Hamilton said: "We don't want a handle put on a broken cup.…

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Try your hand at the News Quiz

This week's That's News to You Quiz has questions about Riverfront Park, the U.S. Supreme Court and Deacon Jones. If you get them all right, you could win a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Even if you go 0 for 10, you could…

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