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September 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Forecast: State revenue grows, but won’t pay all the bills

Lifted by rising tax revenues, projections for the state’s general-fund revenue has nudged up, but it still won’t cover many of the costs lawmakers need to fund in the upcoming session, according to the state Office of Financial Management (OFM). OFM announced Thursday it had upped the forecast of revenue for the current budget cycle (2013-2015) by $169 million over its June…

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Comments | More in State budget, State government, State Legislature | Topics: McCleary decision, psychiatric boarding, revenue

September 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hipsters, Sarah Palin, constitutional conflict: your week in review

You’re perfect, so we know you’d never miss any news. But just in case: 1. Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO. 2. State Supreme Court finds state Legislature in contempt on McCleary funding. 3. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen to pay fine for using state resources for his nonprofit. 4. We now have a…

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September 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Ethics board fines Lt. Gov. Brad Owen $15,000

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has reached a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board that fines him $15,000 for using state resources for his nonprofit organization Strategies For Youth. The settlement, released Friday and which Owen has agreed to, would allow him to pay only $10,000 of the fine if he commits no other ethics violations for…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Brad Owen, ethics complaint

September 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding

The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress toward fully funding public education but, for now, is holding off on sanctions. In an order Thursday in the landmark McCleary school-funding case, the court  said it won’t issue any sanctions until at least the close of the 2015 legislative session. After that,…

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September 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

NRA sends more money to fight I-594

As we’ve tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check independent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, we’ve been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is. The NRA started its own spending committee in June to oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that would expand background checks on gun purchases to online sales, gun…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, national rifle association

September 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The Ballmers give another quarter million to support I-594

Steve Ballmer’s been in the news quite a bit lately: keeping busy with basketball teams (and more basketball teams)  and stepping down from the Microsoft board. And the former Microsoft CEO and his wife are continuing to add to the big-dollar campaign in support of Initiative 594, which would expand background checks on firearms purchasers. Ballmer and wife…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, steve ballmer

September 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Local leaders urge Inslee to support clean-fuel standards

Over 60 local government leaders today sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to find a way forward on adopting clean-fuel standards. The letter was posted by the Washington Coalition for Clean Fuels Jobs and includes some heavy-hitter signatures: King County Executive Dow  Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and  Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The letter,…

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Comments | More in Governor, State Legislature | Topics: climate change, environment, gov. jay inslee

September 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Democrat lawmakers send letter to NRA over lobbyist’s remarks

We wrote in late July about comments made by a National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist who compared the proposed background checks initiative to the beginning of Nazi oppression of Jews before World War II. Neither the lobbyist, Brian Judy, nor the NRA have commented on that episode. Now, four Democrat legislators have sent a letter to the NRA demanding that the organization dissociate itself…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: 2014 elections, i-594

August 31, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Fife’s pot-store ban, more I-594 money, Inslee nudges Yakima on voting rights: your week in review

Happy Labor Day weekend! Here’s your homework: 1. Judge upholds city of Fife’s ban on pot businesses. 2. Bill Gates and a Michael Bloomberg group donate money to support I-594 background check initiative. 3. Many in Seattle are taking a stand against rise of micro-apartments. 4. Gov. Inslee asks Yakima not to appeal judge’s order to…

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August 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Bloomberg gives $1M to background-check campaign

The I-594 advocacy group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is getting a $1 million donation from Everytown for Gun Safety, the umbrella organization driven by dollars from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kate Downen, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, confirmed the donation Friday afternoon. Voters this November will approve or reject I-594, which would require…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: gun control, i-594, marilyn strickland

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