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Tag: Chris Gregoire

May
20th

UW Huskies’ coach Sarkisian once is again top-paid state employee, earning $2.7 million in 2012

UPDATED to fix glitch in data – pushing WSU football coach Mike Leach to No. 2 overall in 2012.

Just as he was two years before, University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian was the top paid employee on the Washington state-government’s payroll in 2012. He earned $2.7 million in 2012 – money actually paid out of athletic department funds (like earnings from selling tickets or television rights for Husky games) and not by taxpayers.

While most state employees saw 3 percent reductions in pay and hours worked since July 2011, Sarkisian’s pay was up from $1.98 million in

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March
13th

Senate approves bill requiring wellness incentives, penalties for state workers

A controversial wellness bill for state employees passed the Senate on a divided vote of 28-21 Wednesday afternoon. Senate Bill 5811 requires financial incentives including premium price breaks or higher premiums to encourage employees to achieve wellness goals.

The vote came just hours before a 5 p.m. cutoff for passing policy bills off the House or Senate floors. The Washington Federation of State Employees had criticized earlier versions of the bill from Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, who had wanted to strip workers of their collective bargaining rights on health benefits.

The amendment offered on the

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March
11th

Senate votes 49-0 to pass bill limiting paid in-home assignments when state workers are under investigation

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill early Monday evening that puts limits on home assignments of workers sent home during investigations. Senate Bill 5160 says a home assignment can last up to 15 days and that an agency can extend it in 30-day increments – but all such assignments must be reported to the state human resources officer.

The bill grew out of problems with home assignments that became exceptionally long and cost taxpayers for salaries. A KING-5 television report last year found that since 2006, the state had paid more

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Feb.
11th

UPDATE: Sen. Baumgartner’s sequel on contracting out targets state Motor Pool, custodians, real-estate brokering

It was only a matter of time until Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner followed up on his 2011 reform bill that consolidated parts of five state agencies and created the Department of Enterprise Services. His sequel removes limits on contracting out for DES and targets the state Motor Pool, custodial services, and real-estate brokering for possible privatizing.

Senate Bill 5717 doesn’t actually require the contracting out of those three services. But it does build on the earlier legislation in specifying that those three activities must be evaluated for potential savings when the Office of Financial Management

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