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.