State Relations

June 26, 2007

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…

June 22, 2007

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…

June 21, 2007

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…

June 19, 2007

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…

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…

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