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Spin Control archive for April 2013


Budget action likely today

OLYMPIA -- The House Appropriations Committee is likely to vote this afternoon on whether to advance the budget plan Democrats released yesterday, setting up debate on the floor on Friday. After a marathon hearing Wednesday, a few hours after the $34.5 billion spending plan was…

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Spokane County loss on land deal finalized

Spokane County’s loss of more than $1 million in a land deal with the Spokane International Airport was completed Monday by the Spokane City Council. In 2008, the county paid $3.2 million for nearly 400 acres between the airport and Fairchild Air Force Base to…

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House budgets come out today

OLYMPIA -- House Democrats will release their proposals for two-year operating and capital projects budgets at noon today. As dismissive as leading House Democrats have been about the Senate budget which passed last Friday, we can expect that it will have some new revenue, probably…

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Asbestos labelling passes House

OLYMPIA -- Products that contain asbestos would have to be labelled in Washington state stores under a bill that passed the House Tuesday. Approving a bill that already passed the Senate, the House voted 65-28 to support a bill first introduced by Sen. Andy Billig,…

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Senate Capital Budget released

OLYMPIA -- The Senate's plan to spend some $3.6 billion on projects large and small, known as the Capital Budget, was released today with nearly $67 million for projects in Spokane County. Among the largest Spokane-area projects are $8.5 million for the Extended Learning Center…

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6th District call-in tonight 

Sen. Mike Baumgartner and Rep. Jeff Holy, two Republicans who represent Spokane's 6th Legislative District, are holding a town hall meeting by phone this evening. The session will feature a live poll of those on the line and a chance to ask questions of the…

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Child sex-abuse prosecutions extended 

OLYMPIA -- Victims of child sexual abuse could report their assaults up to the age of 30 under a bill approved today by the Senate. The bill extends the statute of limitations for charging suspects in child sexual abuse cases, which currently require a victim…

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Did the City Council violate City Charter? 

Last night’s City Council meeting boiled down a debate on the definition of shall. The Spokane City Council’s creation of 13 new public safety departments appears to violate the City Charter. But city attorneys insisted that “shall” does not always mean shall, at least not…

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House panel keeps toll power with commission

OLYMPIA -- The ability to set tolls on bridges, ferries and some special highway lanes would stay with the appointed Transportation Commission rather than the Legislature under an amendment rejected Monday afternoon. The House Transportation Committee rejected an amendment to the 2013-15 budget that would…

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House budget coming Wednesday

OLYMPIA -- The House Appropriations Committee is expected to release its general operating budget sometime Wednesday, giving everyone a chance to see how far apart that chamber is with the Senate, which passed its "no-new taxes" budget on Friday. There may actually be two full…

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Sunday Spin2: Detours on the budget debate

Friday’s four-hour budget debate in the Senate was mostly about programs that get cut or taxes that don’t get raised. But there were brief detours into other topics, including cigar lounges and Spokane Indians baseball. . . To read the rest of this item, or…

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Sunday Spin: A sustainable budget is debatable

OLYMPIA – For the next three weeks, at a minimum, legislators will be throwing around the word “sustainable” more than a bunch of organic farmers hectoring an executive from Archer Daniels Midland. It is the go-to cudgel for anyone who doesn’t like a budget proposal,…

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OFM:Senate budget might not pencil out 

OLYMPIA -- The state budget office is questioning some parts of the 2013-15 operating budget proposal released earlier this week by the leaders of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The budget uses some assumptions that may not be legal, and others that don't have…

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Both Transpo Budgets hold line on taxes, projects

OLYMPIA – Legislators began hearings Thursday on competing but similar multi-billion-dollar spending plans for the state’s highways, bridges, ferries and mass transit. Prepared separately by the House and Senate, the two $8.4 billion transportation budget proposals have many things in common. Described variously as “bare…

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Karen Mobley is the director of the Spokane Arts Department.

Mobley won't lead revamped arts agency

The woman who led the city’s arts department for 15 years before it was dismantled last year won’t be the permanent leader of the new agency promoting the arts in Spokane. Karen Mobley said Thursday that she decided to step down as the interim director…

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Setting rules to ban smoking pot in bars 

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Liquor Control Board started the process to set a new rule ban the use of marijuana in bars. One might say that Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana use by adults, was pretty clear about that by saying it's illegal to…

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OLYMPIA -- Spokane Lilac Queen Brett Rountree addresses the state Senate after it approved a resolution marking the 75th anniversary of the festival. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege: Yay for the Lilac Festival

Lilac Queen Brett Rountree addresses the state Senate. OLYMPIA -- The Senate and House took a not too controversial stance this morning, passing resolutions in support of the Spokane Lilac Festival and it's 75-year anniversary. With Lilac Queen Brett Rountree of Central Valley High School…

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I-1183 changes proposed

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature is considering changes to the initiative that got the state out of the liquor business, changing some of the fees charged distributors and retailers. Liquor distributors told the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Tuesday they wouldn't fight a plan to…

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