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Spin Control archive for May 2015

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015


Sunday Spin 2: A slippery slope for openness

During one of the special session’s rare committee hearings, Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill zeroed in last week on what Republicans contend is a problem with the way state employee contracts are negotiated between union officials and the governor’s office. And danced close to saying flat out the governor was in the pocket of the unions.

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SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

Just in case there's no budget deal

OLYMPIA – Although Gov. Jay Inslee says he doesn’t expect a state government shutdown on July 1 and legislative leaders say they are doing everything to avoid one, the state budget office Friday posted a list of what each agency will do if a budget deal isn’t reached by June 30.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015


WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015



TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

Senate GOP: Open up state union contract talks 

OLYMPIA -- Contract negotiations between the state and its employees' unions should be open to the public and legislators, Senate Republicans argued Tuesday. Union leaders said that would be different from nearly all negotiations in the private sector and that the leaders of the committee conduct their budget negotiations behind closed doors.

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MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

Windsor Elementary preschool teacher Jennifer Gonzalez asks Bobby Enright if he's finished riding the trike during recess. (Jesse Tinsley)

Spin Control: Kids get trikes thanks to gov's raise

The children in Jennifer Gonzalez’s pre-school class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won’t care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens’ commission that recently gave state’s elected officials a raise, a governor who didn’t feel right about taking it and a Legislature deadlocked over the budget.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015



TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015



Is Legislature any closer to a deal with more revenue? 

Gov. Jay Inslee said today the Legislature should be able to reach a deal on the 2015-17 budget thanks to several hundred million dollars of extra revenue that may come in. Senate Republican leaders said it should be able to reach a deal, thanks to the new revenue. But the road they describe to reach the deal was very different.

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