Inslee’s vetoes to the recently passed operating budget added over $20 million to the final price tag
Happening in Olympia
The Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program Committee released their updated operating budget figures to show changes made by Governor Inslee. The budget increases spending by close to 20%, with Inslee’s vetoes adding over $20 million to the final $53 billion budget. (Washington Research Council)
“I haven’t heard a single person say that the city needs more tax dollars and more revenue in order to be a great city. Everyone thinks the city just wastes money.” Seattle City Council Candidate Gene Burns says there’s a strong perception that the city council wastes money. Gee, what would ever give voters that idea? (MyNorthwest)
David Bean, who has served on the Puyallup Tribal Council for 13 years will take over as the council’s new chairman. “It’s an honor to be selected following a long line of chairmen and chairwomen,” Bean said in a statement. “I’m filled with gratitude, love and respect for all who have served in leadership capacities.” (The News Tribune)
The Washington Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit attempting to invalidate Wapato City Administrator Juan Orozco’s contract. The AG’s office contends Orozco used his position as mayor to unlawfully enrich himself by creating a $95,000 city position that he then had the new mayor appoint him to. “Violating our transparency laws undermines Washingtonians’ ability to remain informed about the decisions their government officials are making,” Ferguson said. (The Seattle Times)
A former Ben Franklin Transit Services executive will fill the open seat on the Kennewick City Council, replacing former councilmen and mayor Steve Young. Ed Frost was selected by the council following public interviews. “I believe the city is heading in the right direction and provides a very appealing and outstanding quality of life,” Frost said. “I wish to work with the Council and Staff to continue the positive progress in order to give the new council members elected in November the best opportunity to succeed.” (Tri-City Herald)
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