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OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into a Senate dispute, Washington’s highest court Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure. The unanimous ruling leaves in place a high hurdle for lawmakers who want to increase taxes, but Brown and other lawmakers say they probably would have sent any major tax hikes to voters anyway.
OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into the middle of a family fight, Washington’s highest court on Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure.
The Washington state Supreme Court has just ruled against state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Wash., who filed suit last year to try to overturn a requirement that tax increases be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.
OLYMPIA – Armed with barbecued chicken and ribs, children’s advocates from Spokane made a pilgrimage to Olympia on Monday to urge local lawmakers to look elsewhere when making billions of dollars in budget cuts. Setting the theme: tin cups, apples for a nickel, and a song: the Depression-era classic, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”
OLYMPIA – Today’s the day. After months of ever-worse budget news, lawmakers will today hear state forecasters’ best guess about how the treasury will fare over the next two years.
For more than two years, the Spokane Regional Health District has been without a permanent health officer, and the board can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants to keep looking or come up with a different administrative structure. Two Spokane lawmakers, state Sens. Chris Marr and Lisa Brown, are now offering a legislative solution intended to get the district on steadier footing. Their promising plan would establish a health board that relies on professional and technical expertise more than on political finesse.
OLYMPIA – The state’s last governor to make the jump from Eastern Washington to governor’s mansion was a Democrat who, in tough times, argued for public spending to help stabilize the economy. That was Clarence Martin, in the 1930s. But Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown may be hoping that history repeats itself.