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Tag: Office of Financial Management

Oct.
1st

Teamsters 117 ratifies ahead of today’s deadline; top 4 state labor contracts are done

About 5,690 Washington state employees belonging to Teamsters Local 117 voted late Sunday night to ratify a new two-year labor contract. The vote was nearly two-to-one in favor, according to the union, which represents employees at the state Department of Corrections.

The agreement comes as talks on a health-care agreement affecting 26 different bargaining units are still stuck, though technically an impasse has not been called between the union and Gov. Chris Gregoire’s bargaining team.

Terms of the Teamsters deal are similar to one ratified Friday by the Washington Federation of State

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Aug.
24th

Judge tosses Eyman lawsuit over I-1185 costs in voter pamphlet

Tim Eyman tried his hand as a lawyer in court today and pretty much lost his shorts. A Thurston County judge threw out Eyman’s claim that the Office of Financial Management needs to change its estimate of taxpayer costs for Initiative 1185 in the voters pamphlet.

I-1185 – which seeks to reassert a two-thirds legislative vote requirement for tax hikes and a simple majority vote requirement for all fee increases – is one of a half-dozen measures on the ballot Nov. 6. Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled that OFM has discretion under the law and

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