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Economic and Revenue Forecast

(Originally posted 9/17/09) I serve on the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council for Washington, and today we had our quarterly “Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors” meeting. The state economist makes some projects and the economists in the room argue about it for a couple of hours. This is more fascinating…


Information Services Board

I serve on the Information Services Board, (ISB) a group of high-level state and private sector people who review and approve the state’s investment in information technology. Specific projects that are high risk get a lot of attention from the group. It’s interesting to me, and one of the few…


National Popular Vote

The national popular vote proposal is an interesting approach to changing the 222 year old way we elect US Presidents.The idea is to have a compact between states totally more than 50% of the electoral college. We would all agree that we would allocate all of our electoral votes to…


Tax Policy for the Internet Age

Tax downloads? What is he talking about? Let me explain. Today if you buy a copy of “Gladiator” at Barnes and Noble you pay sales tax on it. If you rent it from Blockbuster you pay sales tax. Rent from Netflix? Pay the tax. Download it from Amazon? Pay the…




Town Hall Meeting – Sat March 14

Rep. Eddy, Sen. Tom and I will host our second town hall meeting of 2009 tomorrow, Sat March 14th from 10:00 Am to Noon. Our focus will be Education, though we will take questions on other issues. Chinook Middle School 2001 98th Ave NE Bellevue, WA Click here for a…


Important Bills

The Legislature is a cyclical activity. We go through a phase where everyone creates proposed new laws and files them. This is call “dropping” bills, because you drop the signed pieces of paper into a basket called the “hopper.” The bills are heard in committee, and the ones that are…


Local Government Financing Plan

Final Report of the Washington State Local Governance Study Commission. …the underlying structural problem for King County budgeting is the mismatch between tax base and service costs in the unincorporated areas. The solution to this, which is encouraged by the Growth Management Act, is to ensure that the remaining unincorporated…


WACOPS Legislator of the Year

For some reason the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs has named me their “legislator of the year.” I’m always happy to be recognized for the work I do, and these guys are an important part of the fabric of our community. I’m receiving the award from Mike Pentony and…