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OLYMPIA – The Legislature is considering a proposal that seems like a bad idea as written, but if one thinks of it as only half an idea, it might be excellent. Taken to a logical conclusion, it could even help with the state’s budget crisis. Senate Bill 6665 would raise the $5 fee people must pay when they file a state ballot initiative or referendum. The fee has been five bucks since Washington started the initiative process back in 1912, said Theresa Glidden of the Secretary of State’s Elections Division.
OLYMPIA – Facing a $2.6 billion budget hole and a choice between cutting programs or raising taxes, the Washington Legislature opened Monday with a brief ceremony and repeated references to the fiscal problems. Then both houses went into recess until today, when they’ll hear Gov. Chris Gregoire lay out a new budget plan. That plan will include a combination of cuts, tax increases, tax cuts and some blanks to be filled in when the federal government decides how much it will spend on economic recovery programs, Gregoire said Monday.
The Cheney City Council took time out of its meeting Tuesday to publicly oppose Initiative 1033, brought forth by Tim Eyman, which limits state, county and city governments by restricting how much they can increase spending each year. The formula for deciding spending increases relies on inflation and population growth. Finance clerk Cindy Niemeier told the council she would explain why the city should oppose the initiative and said that anyone with a differing view would have time to express that opinion when she finished.
There’s a flood of last-minute cash pouring into the campaign against Initiative 1033 to limit government spending.
Nonprofit agencies that work on housing and children’s issues are putting out a call for volunteers to work against a Washington initiative to limit government spending. Recent polls show Initiative 1033 with a comfortable lead, and that has groups concerned about a loss of grant funding for programs, said Mary Ann Murphy, executive director of Partners with Families and Children: Spokane.
Recent polls that show Washington's I-1033 with a comfortable lead have alarmed nonprofits that work on housing and children's issues. They're asking volunteers to help defeat the measure, which would limit government spending.
The Spokane City Council made grave warnings Monday about a proposed state initiative that would limit future increases in local government spending. Council President Joe Shogan warned of heading “back to the Wild West.”
A judge has refused to order changes to the state voter’s pamphlet in a dispute over Initiative 1033, the latest ballot issue sponsored by professional anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman’s latest smaller-government project will be on the statewide ballot this fall.
OLYMPIA – The signatures weren’t expected to be turned in until this morning, but the fight over Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax measure has already begun. Analysts from liberal think tanks in Washington and Colorado blasted Eyman’s initiative Wednesday, saying it would ratchet down government revenues just when economic growth would bring in money to restore cuts.