Monthly Archives: November 2011

Special session begins with crowds, uncertainty

Washington lawmakers will have lots of company tomorrow, the first day of the special session of the legislature. The capital campus will host around 3,000 visitors, who have something to say to the state legislature. These include Service Employees International … Continue reading

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Governor proposes 1/2 cent tax increase to avoid deepest cuts.

Governor Gregoire today proposed a temporary, half-cent increase in the sales tax to forestall the worst of budget cuts that would come in order to close a $2 billion budget gap. THe increase would be in place for three years. … Continue reading

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Gov to propose budget plan today

Gov Gregoire is scheduled to unveil her plan to bridge the state budget gap. Her plan, released a week in advance of the special session of the legislature, reportedly will include both cuts and new revenue. Watch her news conference … Continue reading

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Budget perspectives: What legislators are saying.

Here’s a sample of what legislators are saying in state newspapers about how to balance the state budget: Ranking Republican on the Senate Ways & Means Committee: Joe Zarelli: “A fix for state budget must start with reforms.” http://heraldnet.com/article/20111113/OPINION03/711139955 Vice Chair … Continue reading

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The long view on special session

I spent the day in Olympia at the governor’s Higher Education Steering Committee meeting and getting caught up with legislative watchers. CWU’s legislative staff, Ann Anderson and Steve DuPont had said that the special session of the legislature, initially slated … Continue reading

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Flat is the new up.

Olympia is buzzing this week on pension policy, budget forecasting, and higher ed governance.  On Tuesday the Higher Education Steering Committee will meet. This group, including Pres. Gaudino, was appointed by the governor to craft the description of a replacement … Continue reading

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