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Sens. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, and Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, announce the Senate's proposed General Operating Budget on April 12, 2011. (Jesse Tinsley)

WA Lege Day 93: Senate budgets out

Sens. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, (left) and Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, announce the proposed Senate operating budget. OLYMPIA -- The Senate released proposed operating and capital budgets this evening. Good news and bad news time. Bad news for schools, colleges, people who rely on the state for…

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WA Lege Day 93: A place by any other name...

OLYMPIA -- The Senate voted to reinstated a state board that decides what to call places in Washington -- the same board it eliminated last year in a cost-saving measure. Republicans argued that in tough budget times, the state Board of Geographic Names is something…

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No Shuttle for Museum of Flight

OLYMPIA -- The Museum of Flight in Seattle was not chosen by NASA to be the home for one of the retired Space Shuttles. It will however get a training module the astronauts used. The Museum of Flight was among facilities scrambling for a Shuttle…

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011


Let's trade phrases to eliminate 

Ping-ponging between the sobering budget hearings and the raucus budget protests of the past week has left me with a desire to get the legislators and demonstrators to the negotiating table to broker a deal. Not on the budget. I’m not smart enough to do…

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Some 7,000 protesters crowd the Capitol campus Friday to ask the Legislature to eliminate some tax exemptions rather than pass an "all-cuts" budget.

WA Lege Day 89: Rally brings 7,000 to Capitol

OLYMPIA -- Unions representing trades, crafts, law enforcement, firefighters and other government workers brought some 7,000 protesters to the Capitol Friday for more than an hour of speeches and exhortations. Hundreds of them then marched into the rotunda and through the halls outside the legislative…

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Protesters who want taxes raised rather than programs cut had a small problem with their message Wednesday when the "D" was missing from their END TAX LOOP HOLES placards. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

WA Lege Day 87: Protesters don't like either budget 

OLYMPIA – As several hundred protesters chanted about corporate greed and demanded tax increases, House budget writers gathered to decide which of two plans to cut billions from state programs they would endorse. The state’s budgeting process, which is facing serious time constraints as the…

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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