State Relations

State Route 520 Mediators Appointed

Governor Christine Gregoire has announced the appointment of Jody Erickson and Michael Hughes of The Keystone Center as mediators for the State Route 520 bridge replacement project.  The appointment of a mediator was called for in Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6099 which was signed into law in May 2007. The Keystone Center is a Colorado based firm. 

State Elected Officials Who Are UW Alums — Update

One of the first things I tried to figure out when I was selected for this position three and a half years ago (has it been that long?) was which state elected officials have degrees from the University of Washington?  Most all of the other flagship universities around the country keep close track of this

House Appropriations Committee Visits UW

Just finished saying so long to ten members of the House Appropriations Committee who visited the Seattle campus today to learn more about some high profile initiatives recently funded in the 2007 legislative session.  Committee chair Rep. Helen Sommers (D-Seattle) was joined by Vice Chair Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish), Rep. Lynn Kessler (D-Hoquiam), Rep. Skip

But Where Will We Eat?

Some disturbing news from the state capital surfaced early this week with the announcement that the Liberty Cafe located on the main floor of the Pritchard Library will close next Friday June 29th.  The eatery which serves as a quasi- “town square” during annual legislative sessions apparently can’t make a financial go of things due

WSU Hires New VP for Economic Development

Today’s Olympian has a story about a new hire at WSU.  In an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, President Elson Floyd announced the hiring of John C. Gardner to become WSU’s new Vice President for Economic Development and Extension.  Gardner worked with Floyd at the University of Missouri and his job will be focused

Taxes and Spending: How Does Washington Measure Up?

I’m still “on call” for jury duty but haven’t been summoned to the courthouse today so I thought I’d post a couple of items you might find interesting. The state Department of Revenue (DOR) issued a press release yesterday that indicates that Washington residents pay less state and local tax relative to their incomes than residents in

Light Blogging Ahead

I will be on jury duty for the next several days and away from the blog during that time.

Senate Leader Represents Washington at Paris Air Show

State Senator Lisa Brown (D-Spokane), Majority Leader of the Senate is leading the state delegation to the 47th Paris Air Show.  The June 18-19 event is held annually and Governor Chris Gregoire tapped the Spokane democrat to lead this year’s Washington contingent, which also includes Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. Washington State is home to the largest number of

State Revenues Jump Another Half a Billion

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council met today in Olympia to adopt the most recent forecast of state general fund revenue collections.  At the meeting, the Council approved the new forecast which calls for the state to collect an additional $484 million above what was predicted last March. Dr. Chang Mook Sohn, the state’s chief

Longtime Boeing Lobbyist to Step Down

Al Ralston, one of the most familiar figures in Olympia and a lobbyist for the Boeing Company for more than 20 years will step down later this summer to become president of the Washington Research Council.  Ralston replaces longtime president Dick Davis who left his post last year to take a position with the Association for Washington Business. 

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