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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013



Beer tax hike among those dropped by House

OLYMPIA – Some businesses and their customers could see higher taxes starting this summer as the state tries to increase the money it spends on public schools, but beer makers and the folks who consume their product aren’t likely to be among them. A key…

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WA Lege Day 100: Autopsy bill passes

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners may soon have no legal barrier that stops them from talking about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement officers. A unanimous Senate Tuesday passed a bill allowing them to discuss the results of…

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House panel revises, passes tax hikes

OLYMPIA -- Democrats on the House Finance Committee approved a $900 million package of tax increases this morning designed to pay for increases in public school programs. Republicans voted no, saying the state should increase money for schools without raising taxes. On an 8-5 vote,…

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

Council considers blocking citizen initiatives 

Signatures on petitions in support of two proposed citizens’ initiatives in Spokane will be counted and verified. But council members hinted Monday that they may block the proposals from the ballot even if activists collected enough support. The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 on Monday…

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Senate votes to shift school funds

OLYMPIA -- The Senate voted to tap a trust fund set up for school construction to help pay for other education programs and make its budget proposal balance, despite warnings it was full of "gimmicks." Minority Democrats tried unsuccessfully to block some of the accounting…

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Close vote on changes for part-time state workers 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to allow the state and local school districts to have their part-time workers get medical insurance through "Obamacare" barely cleared the Senate today. Senate Bill 5905, which allows the state and school districts to bargain with their part-timers to be switched…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013


Sunday Spin: Parity bill cut off at cutoff

OLYMPIA – The Legislature has a variety of deadlines designed to winnow down the thousands of bills introduced in any given session to a few hundred that actually require everyone to cast a vote. These deadlines, known as cutoffs, generally require a bill to prove…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Joe Korbuszewski, who works at Red Hot Beer Bar in Tacoma, addresses a rally against an increase in the tax on microbreweries Friday on the north Capitol steps. (Jim Camden)

So many taxes, so many comments

Joe Korbuszewski addresses the group protesting a new tax on microbreweries Friday on the Capitol steps. OLYMPIA – The Legislature looked at raising a wide array of taxes Friday -- on beer, gasoline or bottled water, on doctors, lawyers or janitors or on nonresidents who…

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OLYMPIA -- The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against extending the state's beer surcharge to microbreweries. (Jim Camden)

Showing up for the protest

The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against the extension of the state's temporary beer surcharge. OLYMPIA -- There's never a giant opener around when I need one. A pair of the Rainier bottles made famous in the beer's off-beat…

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Tougher DUI penalties need work, panel told

OLYMPIA – Efforts to fast-track a crackdown on repeat drunk drivers, announced with bipartisan fanfare Tuesday, hit some go slow warnings Thursday from prosecutors, judges and cops. They're raising so many questions that a key committee chairman all but acknowledged Thursday the Legislature might not…

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OLYMPIA -- Virginia Graham of Spokane watches as Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill extending the statute of limitations on prosecuting child sex abuse cases. Behind Graham is Rep. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, the bill's sponsor; Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley is behind Inslee and former Rep. John Ahern is to Inslee's left. (Jim Camden)

Child sex-abuse prosecutions extended 

Virginia Graham watches as Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill extending the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. OLYMPIA – Virginia Graham’s journey to get justice for victims of child sex abuse isn’t over, but after nearly 10 years of pleading and prodding…

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DeBolt steps down as House GOP leader

OLYMPIA -- Citing health concerns, Rep. Richard DeBolt said today he is stepping down as House Republican leader. DeBolt, a Chehalis resident first elected in 1996, suffered an unspecified health emergency on the evening of April 10 at his home, a statement from the House…

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Phone books may some day be rare 

OLYMPIA – Some day soon, small children could have trouble reaching the dining room table. Doors will blow shut with the breeze. Well-muscled men will search in vain for something to tear in half to prove their strength. Navin Johnson will not jump for joy…

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Beware of scams from Boston bombing

OLYMPIA -- Be careful about giving money to groups that claim to be helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, state officials warned today. In what some would consider a disturbing sign of the times, Attorney General Rob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman…

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House passes $8.4 billion Transportation Budget 

OLYMPIA -- House Democrats passed a two-year spending plan for the state's transportation system today, overcoming Republican objections about a controversial bridge over the Columbia River and the way tolls are set on roads and bridges. Included in the bill is some $79 million for…

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MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

Something for Tax Day

Your federal income tax forms are due today. If you haven't started and you need to file something harder than the 1040EZ, you may want to think about filing for an extension. If you're done with taxes and want a diversion -- and you're old…

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