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Historical societies will remain separate (for now)

Post by Michael Allen on April 4, 2009 at 11:42 am with 1 Comment »
April 4, 2009 11:42 am

With the end of the legislative session in sight, one really bad idea seems to have gone away. Governor Gregoire’s proposal to save money by combining the Washington State Historical Society with the Eastern Washington Historical Society appears to be dead (for the time being).

On the surface, combining state agencies always appears cost-effective – two bureaucracies are rolled into one and thus numerous budget lines eliminated or pared. But state employees are resistant to such paring, and new costs would be added (in this case) because of the distance between Spokane and Olympia and Tacoma.

More important, the Eastern Washington Historical Society has a special mission appropriate to Eastern Washington. And both of these state agencies are headed by great directors who have proposed significant budget cuts within their separate structures.

If it ain’t broken…

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  1. johnesherman says:

    But, other agencies are on-the-merge to unlikely receivers -for example, “$50,000 of the general fund–state appropriation for fiscal year 2010 is provided solely for moving costs and information technology infrastructure changes associated with moving staff from the department of archaeology and historic preservation into the state parks and recreation commission’s Tumwater headquarters building.” Wash. Legis. Sess. 2009-10, HB1244, Making 2009-2011 operating appropriations.
    Section 303 For the State Parks and Recreation Commission, pp.38–39, available at

    So, just what does the department of archeology have to do with maintaining an open and operating State Park as a ‘Taxpayers’ past capital investment and required operational expenses for tomorrow?

    So, for State Parks the cost of complexity keeps-on-growing each year as State government has been sweeping the state of past ‘Taxpayers’ parks open and operating investments by closing State Parks during past years, but it can expand State Parks mission each year to load State Parks with additional expense.

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