November 9, 2007

Supreme Court Hands Governor and Legislature Property Tax Hot Potato

As many of you have already read, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Tim Eyman’s 2001 Initiative 747 was unconstitutional on a close 5-4 decision.  That initiative limited increases in property tax collections to 1 percent per year unless voters approved higher amounts.  The Supreme Court upheld a June 2006 King County Superior Court… Read More


Olympia News and Notes

Been a very busy week for me as the deadline for the UW North Sound academic plan recommendations approaches.  Hope to get a couple of items posted here on the blog before the Veterans Day Weekend kicks in.  Here are some items you may or may not have caught in the news the past few… Read More


November 2, 2007

Governor Receives National Honor

Governor Christine Gregoire was honored this month by Governing Magazine as one of the nation’s top public officials.  The Governor actually appears on the cover of the November issue which singles out nine prominent leaders around the nation for their transformational impact on their respective public organizations.  Gregoire was the only governor to make the… Read More


State Corrections Head To Step Down

Harold Clarke, the head of the state Department of Corrections (DOC) announced his resignation today effective November 23.  He is leaving to become head of the Massachusetts prison system said a DOC spokesman. Clarke was hired by Governor Gregoire in January 2005 after having served as head of the correction system in Nebraska.  He has… Read More


King County Council Aide to Succeed Joe McDermott

The Seattle Weekly reports that Sharon Nelson, chief of staff to King County Councilmember Dow Constantine will get the nod from local Democrats to succeed Joe McDermott as a House member in the 34th legislative district (West Seattle, Vashon Island).  McDermott was recently appointed to the State Senate to complete the term of Erik Poulsen… Read More


November 1, 2007

2007 Election Preview — Part Four

Well, we are less than a week away from the general election so I figured I’d better finish this preview or you will all have send your ballots in without reading these truly insightful comments.  In this election final preview, we will cover the two remaining ballot measures that we have not yet discussed —… Read More


October 29, 2007

HEC Board Endorses a Limited 2008 Budget Agenda

Last Thursday, representatives from the four-year and two-year institutions attended the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) meeting at WSU Vancouver to present their respective 2008 supplemental budget proposals.  As you may know, the University is asking Olympia for about $21 million additional state dollars on the operating side and about $19 million in additional capital budget support…. Read More


October 23, 2007

Rossi to Make Run for Governor Official Thursday

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer broke the story on their blog yesterday afternoon that Dino Rossi would announce this Thursday that he will run again for Governor in the 2008 general election.  I realize there isn’t a whole lot of drama about this since speculation he would run has been a regular feature of the political blogs… Read More


October 22, 2007

2007 Election Preview — Part Three

In part three of our 2007 election preview, let’s focus on Engrossed House Joint Resolution 4204 (EHJR 4204) the so-called “simple majority school levy” ballot measure. As you may know, the state Constitution gives school districts the authority to collect property tax revenues in excess of 1 percent of the assessed value of county property for… Read More


October 16, 2007

Olympia News and Notes

As expected, Rep. Joe McDermott (D-Seattle) has been appointed to the state Senate seat in the 34th District (West Seattle, Burien, Vashon Island) to replace Sen. Erik Poulsen.  McDermott, a graduate of the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs was chosen Monday by the Metropolitan King County Council to succeed Poulsen who left… Read More