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January 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Update on HB 2912

That’s the House Bill that could help fund a renovation of Husky Stadium, though I’ve been asked not to refer to it as the Husky Stadium bill because the issue is much larger than that.
Indeed it is, as passage of the bill would only allow King County to extend a tourism tax and then decide what it would do with the money, with lots of people waiting in line for hand outs — the arts, housing, public health, sports stadiums all included.
A public hearing on the bill was held Thursday in Olympia, and it was apparently a much lower-key than last year, when there presentations by people associated with UW, and counter arguments from those opposing passage.
As recounted today in The Olympian, there was no representation from UW yesterday as the school is taking a much less visible role in it this year.
Word I got from someone at UW was that the school thought it went well, nothing unexpected happened, etc. The bill summary doesn’t indicate when a next step happens, however, so not sure where it goes from here.
One thing for UW fans to keep in mind is that passage of this bill itself does not guarantee anything in terms of funding for a renovation of Husky Stadium. Passage would merely give King County the option to extend the tax and dole out the money as it pleased. So if passed, UW would then have to go to the county and plead its case there. That’s when we would know exactly how much it is asking for.

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