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Morning update: Day 54

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 5, 2010 at 9:18 am |
March 5, 2010 9:23 am

Good morning. The latest from Olympia:

  • Republicans want to reopen contract agreements with state workers to tackle exploding health care costs and the budget shortfall. Good luck convincing the unions to make concessions: They feel they’ve sacrificed enough.
  • Just because there’s a week left doesn’t mean there isn’t time for new ideas on taxes. The latest: Ask voters if they’d like to get a sales tax break while slapping an income tax on the rich.
  • With a deal hashed out on how to limit bail for violent suspects, the House could take a final vote on the constitutional amendment any time, possibly as soon as today. Then it goes to the voters.
  • That isn’t the only issue police and crime victims are pushing in the wake of the Lakewood shootings, of course, and a couple other bills saw movement Thursday. The House voted to increase penalties for helping a family member commit a crime, treating most family members the same as nonfamily in the crime of rendering criminal assistance in the first degree. The Senate voted to keep from the public eye – but not the news media – the photographs and birth dates of public-safety employees, like police and corrections officers.
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