State Relations

June 19, 2007

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…

June 18, 2007

Light Blogging Ahead

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

June 15, 2007

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…

June 14, 2007

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…

June 7, 2007

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. …

June 4, 2007

Race to Succeed Rep. Lovick Already in High Gear

Several weeks ago we noted that Rep. John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) was planning a run for Snohomish County Sheriff this November.  Lovick is a retired Washington State Patrol officer and a familiar face to TVW watchers as he serves as President Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives and is therefore, often the chamber’s presiding officer. As Everett…

June 1, 2007

What’s Going On “Inside” the Global Challenge States?

Now that the future fiscal fortunes of the UW have been statutorily linked to the 60th percentile of per student funding in the Global Challenge States, it probably makes some sense to periodically peak in on how things are going for our higher education university brethren in California, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Colorado, and…

Education is Microsoft’s Top Priority

Yesterday I attended the annual Technology Alliance luncheon at the Washington Convention and Trade Center.  The luncheon is the Alliance’s major function each year and more than 1,000 folks from business, government and education were in attendance. The keynote address was given by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer in a conversational discussion format lead by the UW’s…

May 30, 2007

New SR 520 Funding Strategy Announced

State and local transportation leaders held a press conference in Seattle yesterday to announce a comprehensive funding strategy to pay for the SR 520 bridge replacement project without the need to raise new “state” taxes.  The strategy was prepared as part of the Regional Transportation Improvement District (RTID) planning committee efforts to prepare a transportation…

May 25, 2007

Remembering Norm Maleng

Like many of you, I was shocked to read the news of Norm Maleng’s passing in the morning papers.  For those of us in public service in Washington State, Norm was the epitome of professionalism and intergrity in a business that often fails to adequately reward either trait.  I just thought Norm would go on forever and…

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