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October 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

First public hearing on Seattle’s budget today at 5:30 p.m.

The Seattle City Council will hold the first of two public hearings on Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget at 5:30 p.m. at Garfield Community Center in the Central District. People wishing to provide public comment must sign up between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on sheets provided at the center. The hearing will…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: 2015 Seattle city budget, budget, Garfield Community Center

September 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Constantine proposes levy for children as he unveils budget plan

King County may ask voters next fall to approve a new levy for early childhood programs and other youth services, County Executive Dow Constantine said Monday while unveiling his budget plan for 2015 and 2016. Investing in children now will save the county money in the long run by reducing future costs associated with incarceration, violence,…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: budget, Dow Constantine, King County

September 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Metro bus service cuts not quite as bad as predicted

King County Metro Transit has found enough savings to limit its cuts to 400,000 bus service hours per year instead of the 550,000 hours predicted earlier, General Manager Kevin Desmond said in a news conference this morning. That bit of good news raises the possibility that if Seattle voters approve new transit taxes this…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: budget, buses, cuts

September 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Seattle mayor’s office unveils budget details for proposed education department

Remember last week, when Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he wanted to create a new Department of Education and Early Learning? Murray, who has his eye on November ballot measures aimed at providing prekindergarten education to needy families, offered few details at the time. But his office Monday morning presented a fuller picture of…


Comments | More in Education, General news, Government | Topics: budget, Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Public Schools

January 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Seattle gets C+ for financial transparency

How easy is it to find online information about the City of Seattle’s spending? WashPIRG, the public interest research group, released a report card on the 30 largest U.S. cities today and gave Seattle a C+ grade. The city did well in having detailed, checkbook-level financial information available online, said Micaela Preskill, a WashPIRG advocate. But she…


Comments | Topics: budget, City of Seattle, washpirg

September 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Mayor’s budget includes money for new officers, gunshot locator system

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wants to hire 10 new police officers, invest in new video equipment for police cars and buy a gunshot-locator system — and has included more than $1 million toward those goals in his proposed 2013-14 budget. “By hiring new officers and giving them new tools, we can help protect public safety…


Comments | More in Politics, The Blotter | Topics: budget, Mayor Mike McGinn, police

May 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Boeing Bridge? State lawmaker eyes naming rights

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Maybe someday you’ll take a drive on the Boeing Bridge. Or the Starbucks Expressway. Washington state Rep. Jan Angel says she exploring whether the state should start sell naming rights to raise revenue for transportation projects. The Republican from Port Orchard says she particularly wants to see alternatives that could keep toll…


Comments | More in Government | Topics: bridges, budget, naming

April 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

One-time gifts from Legislature to Seattle schools: $11.4 million

Remember that $3 million gift to Seattle Public Schools that earned headlines in February after showing up in the state House’s proposed budget in early February? It turns out that most of that money made it into the Legislature’s final budget, and was joined by an additional $9.4 million allocation for Seattle school construction projects. In all,…


Comments | More in Education, Government | Topics: budget, David Frockt, Eric Pettigrew

December 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM

State House Dems propose $480M in budget cuts

A proposal to reduce the state’s $2 budget shortfall by $480 million has been released by Democrats in the state House, according to a Politics Northwest post by staff reporter Andrew Garber in Olympia. Money could be saved, they propose, by such things as moving funds from one account to another, delaying payments, and counting…


Comments | More in Government | Topics: budget, Democrats, House

November 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Seattle City Council OKs budget that includes layoffs, no new police

The Seattle City Council approved a $913 million general-fund budget Monday afternoon that lays off 74 city workers and eliminates 85 unfilled positions, but also protects some health and human services. City leaders warned that with the economy still struggling and more budget cuts projected in the coming years, the city’s ability to protect vulnerable residents…


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