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State forecaster Arun Raha will step down

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 11, 2012 at 10:48 am |
January 11, 2012 10:54 am

Somebody else will have to be the bearer of bad news for state government.

Arun Raha

That’s been Arun Raha’s role for the past three years. As the state’s chief economist, he projects Washington’s revenues and delivers quarterly reports that say how close they’re tracking to those estimates. As such, he’s one of the more visible people in state government.

Raha today turned in his resignation, effective Jan. 31.

“I got a very good offer from the private sector,” he said, declining to say what his next job will be. He has scheduled a news conference for noon.

He says he’ll miss the job and the people.

“I’ve given them enough time to find somebody else for the February forecast,” Raha said.

Collections have been on target since the last forecast in September, he said. Raha has a penchant for lightening his doom-and-gloom reports with dry humor, and he couldn’t resist quipping that he was quitting while he was ahead.

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