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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013


TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

OLYMPIA -- State economist Steve Lerch explains some details of the latest economic forecast as Rep. Ross Hunter, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee looks on in a meeting of the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council Tuesday (Jim Camden)

Good forecast could mean Lege gets outta town

State economist Steve Lerch, right, explains figures from the latest economic forecast to Rep. Ross Hunter Tuesday. OLYMPIA -- The state's economic outlook is improving, in part because of better home sales, and the state could have an extra $231 million in tax revenue over…

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MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

Is Tuesday D-Day for the budget? 

OLYMPIA -- After 141 days of regular and special session, the most important day for the 2013 Legislature could be Tuesday. That's when the June economic forecast will be released, and good numbers on increasing revenue coming in and decreasing demand on services could be…

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Coal ports: Economic plus or minus?

OLYMPIA – Building new coal terminals near Bellingham and Longview will have major economic benefits for the entire state, a new study conducted for the Washington Farm Bureau suggests. “All Washington exporters stand to benefit,” John Stuhmiller, Farm Bureau director, said. More trains and bigger…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

Senate passes estate tax 'fix'

OLYMPIA -- Minutes before midnight, the Senate passed a change to the state's estate tax that supporters called a technical fix and opponents called an unconstitutional "reach back". After a day of negotiations and discussions about other bills that might be traded in exchange for…

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Speedy work after a slow day

OLYMPIA -- After spending most of Thursday in meetings or "at ease" the Legislature moved with uncharacteristic speed to pass bills as part of a complicated deal and beat a deadline on fixing the estate tax. The Senate passed a change to the Model Toxics…

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No Senate vote yet on estate tax 'fix'

OLYMPIA -- The Senate remains "at ease" while leader discuss a possible "fix" to a problem with the estate tax. The House passed the bill late this morning, in what was described in that chamber as an agreement over language worked out between the two…

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Baumgartner cancels potluck

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Baumgartner's annual Flag Day Potluck is the latest casualty of the Legislature's inability to get a budget. The potluck, scheduled for Friday at Comstock Park, was cancelled because Baumgartner can't attend. He's in Olympia with the other legislators (most of them…

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House passes estate tax 'fix'

OLYMPIA -- The House approved a change in the estate tax to address a loss in court that could cost the state more than $40 million in the coming weeks. On a 53-33 vote, it approved a deal negotiated with Senate Republicans that could keep…

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Inslee sending proxy to Paris Air Show

OLYMPIA -- With the state looking at the prospect of wandering off a fiscal cliff without a budget, Gov. Jay Inslee today canceled a planned trip to the Paris Air Show next week to helpboost Boeing and the rest of the state's aviation industry. The…

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OLYMPIA -- In the Capitol Wednesday, Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst administers the oath of office to 27 new state troopers, members of the 101st class of the agency's academy. (Jim Camden)

A new class of troopers 

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Patrol swore in 27 new troopers Wednesday, graduates of the 101st class from the agency's academy. State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst administered the oath of office as Gov. Jay Inslee, Chief John Batiste and family members watching from the…

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Special Session: The sequel 

OLYMPIA -- The Second Special Session began this morning with a bang -- of the gavel, anyway -- and not much more than a whimper in the House, which went into recess until tomorrow morning. The Senate had about two dozen folks on hand for…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

OLYMPIA -- House Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller and Lt. Gov. Brad Owen are projected on the Senate while as each brings down the gavel to end the First Special Session Wednesday afternoon.  (Jim Camden)

Gavel down on Spec Sess 1

Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller and Lt. Gov. Brad Owen are projected on the wall of the Senate as each brings down a gavel to close the special session. OLYMPIA -- The First Special Session of the 2013 Legislature closed this afternoon with the bang…

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Spec Sess No. 1 approaches last gasp

OLYMPIA -- The First Special Session of the 2013 Legislature is expected to be gavelled to a close around 3:30 p.m. Legislators are being told to be back at their seats around then, and this special session will end less than 18 hours before the…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee says he will call a second special session of the Legislature. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: Second special session called 

OLYMPIA -- Criticizing Senate Republicans for pushing ideology over budget compromise, Gov. Jay Inslee this morning called the Legislature into a second special session starting Wednesday. He also said he was directing his cabinet to study what state government services would have to be shut…

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Spec Sess Day 30 or Day Minus-1

OLYMPIA -- It's the final day of the First Special Session. Or possibly the eve of the Second Special Session. Take your pick. Legislators don't have much incentive to pass anything today unless they could pass it in both chambers, because at the beginning of…

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MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013

Spec Sess Day 29: Get ready for double overtime

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature slid toward a second special session today with all sides agreeing they couldn't finish negotiating and adopting a two-year operating budget before time runs out in the first special session Tuesday at midnight. Both chambers have passed an operating budget, but…

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Spec Sess Day 29: Tick, tick, tick

OLYMPIA -- Two days. That's what's left in the oh-so special session. With each chamber having passed a budget in the last several days we all know the parameters of a possible deal. So the thing to watch for will be some sign of movement…

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