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Morning update: Day 33

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 12, 2010 at 9:57 am with 1 Comment »
February 12, 2010 9:58 am

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.
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  1. There has been a lot of discussion around moving the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and making it a part of the Department of Commerce. Frankly, I think they work much better being independent of other agencies (i.e. Dept of Labor, Dept. of Commerce). Hopefully, the Legislature realizes the importance of unbiased opinion when working on how to best coordinate the needs of our state’s businesses and workforce training to meet those needs.

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