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Category: State government
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 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 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Inslee assails ‘climate agnostics’ in speech at UW conference

Americans who remain neutral or indifferent on the subject of human-caused global warming are just as culpable as climate deniers, Gov. Jay Inslee told a gathering of climate researchers at the University of Washington Wednesday. Citing a parade of studies showing looming climate impacts on oceans, birds and human health, Inslee said…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: climate agnostics, climate change, global warming

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

September 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

State agency spent $600,000 on staff workshops

OLYMPIA (AP) — A state agency is being criticized for spending $600,000 on workshops for more than 2,000 state employees. The three two-day events in Tacoma for the Community Services Division of the Department of Social and Health Services ended late last week, The Olympian reported. The workshop invitations went out a day after the head of…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: budge cuts, costs, DSHS

August 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

With Spokane’s newest City Council member, an Olympia connection

The Spokane City Council this week appointed city worker Karen Stratton to a vacant seat its council. In his story for The Spokesman-Review, friend and former colleague Nick Deshais points out that Stratton has a connection to the Capitol Campus: Her mother was Lois Stratton, a longtime state lawmaker. Appointed to a Spokane state House seat in 1979, according to her official…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Karen Stratton, Lois Stratton, spokane

August 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Our dismal primary turnout: 31 percent

tersely-worded tweet Tuesday evening from the Washington Secretary of State’s office announced the numbers. “All WA counties have now certified their Primary returns. 1.22m ballots, 31.14% turnout — low but among highest in nation this mid-term.” When “low but among highest in nation this mid-term” is the best face you can put on it, you know the numbers are grim. In…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Secretary of State | Topics: David Ammons, primary election, voter turnout

August 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

AG Ferguson goes to bat for immigrant children

Immigrant children crossing the border likely won’t make their way up to Washington state in large numbers anytime soon, where it was briefly thought they might be housed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. But the slowing of unaccompanied minors crossing the border hasn’t stopped  Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson from weighing in on the latest incarnation of our approximately 140-year…

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Comments | More in Attorney General | Topics: Bob Ferguson, immigration

August 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Feds deny aid to those who lost homes in wildfires

Good news came yesterday for Central Washington in the form of federal disaster aid to help repair roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged this summer in the Carlton complex wildfire. And now comes the tough news: The federal government has denied an emergency aid request to help people who  lost homes and property in the fire,…

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Comments | More in Governor | Topics: carlton complex, disaster assistance, FEMA

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