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Tag: Kim Wyman

April
10th

UPDATE – House capital budget offers $82M replacement for GA building; $1M for Thurston Food Bank

In the other budget show at the Capitol today, the House Democrats laid out a $3.6 billion capital-construction plan that puts more into environmental programs than the Senate’s Republican-dominated coalition has proposed. It also funds several closely-watched South Sound projects.

The biggest surprise of all is a major $82 million office replacement project in Olympia. The House plan earmarks $18 million from state bonds and $64 million in future tenant rents to pay for replacement of the General Administration Building. The Washington State Patrol, Judicial Conduct Commission and other agencies still use the

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April
4th

GA Building demolition picks up a vote of support

A consultant brought in last year to recommend whether to repair or replace the state’s General Administration Building said the best option – for the money – is to replace it fully with a new $161 million structure that could also hold the State Library.

That idea hasn’t gotten any immediate traction with the Legislature, and the Department of Enterprise Services did not ask for money in December to get that concept rolling. But Rep. Gary Alexander is hoping to breathe new life into the replacement-building idea outlined by consultant SRG – after he won

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Feb.
25th

Report: Washington earns B grade for elections web site, but that’s good enough for third best in U.S.

The non-profit Center for Governmental Studies reviewed state elections web sites around the country, and it found “abysmal” offerings. But Washington’s site, maintained by  recently-elected Secretary of State Kim Wyman‘s staff, ranked third best and was one of only three systems getting a B grade or better.

“The top four states, Alaska, California, Washington and Oregon, found an innovative way to provide their voters with candidate information, including audio statements read by a neutral party,” says the report titled “Voter Information in the Ditigal Age: Grading State Election Websites.

It adds: “Washington’s state election website provides much of

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Feb.
6th

Wyman disappointed by possible end of mail pickup on Saturday; working to keep it from impairing vote-by-mail elections

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she is disappointed by U.S. Postal Service announcement Wednesday it would seek to end home-deliveries of mail on Saturdays to cut costs. But she said the Postal Service continues to make elections mail a high priority, and her agency will ensure sure voters are not disenfranchised in the state’s vote-by-mail elections.

In a statement put out by her office, Wyman said she understood USPS is trying to reduce its budget by $2 billion a year and that the public supports the end of Saturday mail as a way to do

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