Good morning on Day 33 of the legislative session. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening in Olympia:
- State leaders will get a good idea of the scope of the budget problem facing the state when the latest revenue forecast comes in. The projection of money coming into the state through June 30, 2011, will help bean counters resize a budget shortfall that now stands at $2.7 billion.
- The Olympian’s Brad Shannon has the details on a sales tax increase proposed by Rep. Dennis Flannigan of Tacoma to help deal with that shortfall. The 1-penny tax would be pegged to the state unemployment rate. More on this to come.
- Last night, the Senate passed a constitutional amendment and an assortment of other bills on bail, detention and parole, saying they would have kept cop killer Maurice Clemmons locked up. Past press time last night, Rep. Christopher Hurst told me he prefers the House version. “I’m confident that we’re going to end up with a good piece of legislation that goes on the ballot and is going to look like what the House has done or something similar to that,” he said.
- I’m looking into where things stand in the ongoing efforts down here to reorganize state agencies and boards. Know of any boards that seem ripe for elimination, or any that should be saved? Post here or e-mail me.