YAKIMA, Wash. — If Yakima wants to redevelop the former Boise Cascade mill site, it will likely have to clean up an old city landfill, which could add $20 million to the project price tag. Read the article here.
The Seattle City Council may ask voters to OK a property-tax levy to pay for council campaigns. Proponents say it will encourage more candidates to run and increase the importance of smaller donations. Critics doubt the programs would affect election outcomes. Read the article from The Seattle Times here.
The Senate approved a budget plan today that is similar to the one it passed in April, with no new tax revenue. But the Senate Republican-dominated majority held out an offer of adding new taxes — if Democrats in the House agree to their policy goals. Read article from The News Tribune here.
The IRS was apparently guilty of some sketchy recordkeeping in determining the complete cost of a $4 million employee conference held in Anaheim, Calif. See the article here.
Democrats will give up roughly 78 percent of the new tax revenue that they originally wanted in order to reach a budget compromise with the Republican-oriented Senate. It’s hard to say what the Senate’s Majority Coalition Caucus — 23 Republicans and two Democrats — thinks about the new Democratic position. Read rest of the article [...]