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More info on $590 million for rail-improvement projects in Washington

January 28, 2010 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Now is not the time to add to tax burden

January 28, 2010 in In the News
Spokane Journal of Business
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Spokane Journal of Business
Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2010

State Bills On Eminent Domain Stalled In Legislature

January 27, 2010 in In the News
KGMI AM 790
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KGMI AM 790
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Senators propose government restructuring commission

January 26, 2010 in Blog

A bipartisan group of Senators (Kastama, Swecker, Eide, Delvin, Hobbs, King, Murray, Hatfield, Berkey) has introduced SB 6786: Creating a commission to restructure state government.

According to the bill:

(2) The commission shall:
(a) Review budget, revenue, and caseload forecasts and estimates over the ensuing six-year period;

(b) Examine current operations and organization of stat!
e government assuming no expansion of current funding sources;!

(c) Evaluate operational and organizational restructuring possibilities to find cost savings and efficiencies in order to maintain or enhance governmental functions with fewer resources.

(3) The commission may make proposals to:

(a) Adopt methods and procedures for reducing expenditures to the lowest amount consistent with the efficient performance of essential services, activities, and functions;

(b) Eliminate duplication and overlapping of services, activities, and functions, and time-consuming or wasteful practices;

(c) Consolidate services, activities, and functions of a similar nature;

(d) Abolish services, activities, and functions not necessary to the efficient operation of government;

(e) Eliminate unnecessary state departments and agencies, create necessary new state departments and agencies, reorganize existing state departments an!
d agencies, and transfer functions and responsibilities among state departments and agencies;

(f) Define or redefine the duties and responsibilities of state officers;

(g) Revise present provisions for continuing or permanent appropriations of state funds of whatever kind for whatever purpose, eliminate any such existing provisions, and adopt new provisions.

The bill appoints Booth Gardner, John Spellman, Sid Snyder, Slade Gorton, Dan Evans, and Ruth Walsh McIntyre to the commission.

One of the many recommendations from Washington Policy Center's Policy Guide is to begin a “base closing” process for state programs and agencies to determine which ones can be consolidated or eliminated to help optimize state spending. The proposed restructuring commission appears to be a step in this direction.

Senators propose government restructuring commission

January 26, 2010 in In the News
Seattle PostGlobe
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Seattle PostGlobe
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How South Sound lawmakers voted last week

January 26, 2010 in In the News
The Olympian
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The Olympian
Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bill introduced to outsource part of state's I.T. functions

January 25, 2010 in Blog

Last summer the state broke ground on the new Department of Information Services data center. The project will cost upwards of $255 million and consolidate the state government's I.T. infrastructure and its 32 current data centers. But some legislators are concerned that such a large project isn't necessarily the best way to go. Why? Because of the emergence of cloud computing.

County struggles with keeping rising costs of benefits in check

January 25, 2010 in In the News
The Columbian (Vancouver)
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The Columbian (Vancouver)
Date: 
Monday, January 25, 2010

Olympia Checklist: Bills to be considered this session (video)

January 24, 2010 in In the News
Northwest Cable News
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Northwest Cable News
Date: 
Sunday, January 24, 2010