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Special session? No (yawn), it’s a routine – and so are the costs

There are a few things to keep in mind when state lawmakers return to special session on May 13.

FIRST: The cost is likely to be small in the grand scheme of legislative spending. Costs ran less than $300,000 for two special sessions that lasted a total of 31 days last year, which is less than one one-thousandth of a percent of the state operating budget. And it’s less than half of what the House expects to spend for a new voting-machine and scoreboard installed in its chambers this year.

Things could get a bit more costly if all

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UPDATE 2: Eyman says his new initiative limits tax hikes to one year; also requires advisory votes

Tim Eyman says he’s filing a new initiative that, among other things, would limit future tax increases to one year. UPDATE: Monday he wasn’t saying when he’ll file – this year or next. Today, Eyman says he is filing it at 11 a.m. tomorrow, April 24.

The move is in part a reaction to the state Supreme Court  throwing out his Initiative 960 which set a two-thirds vote requirement for Legislature-imposed tax increases into law.

Even before losing that case by a solid 6-to-3 margin in court, he’s since been agitating for a constitutional amendment to lock in that higher

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