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Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

It Takes a City

October 4th, 2012

Mayor Mike McGinn delivered his proposed 2013-14 budget to the Seattle City Council on Monday afternoon Sept. 24. It was his third budget message and, partly because times are better and city revenues not so constrained as they were in the grim years of the Great Recession, this message was more favorably received than in […]


For those about to rock (26 miles), we salute you!

January 31st, 2012

This is a great opportunity for Seattle to showcase Seattle Center, as the marathon coincides with the Center’s Next Fifty program — honoring the 50th anniversary of the the World’s Fair.


A Reason For Optimism

January 6th, 2012

Word that Moody’s Investor Service has removed Seattle from its “negative outlook” in regard to the city’s  Aaa/Aa1 rating is very welcome news indeed. It means that Seattle will be able to finance capital improvements through the selling of general bonds with lower interest rates than might otherwise have been imposed. This positive outcome – […]


Bleak Outlook in Olympia

February 17th, 2011

Legislators have been unbelievably stressed by twin budget traumas. In the short term they have to trim hundreds of millions from this year’s budget. And, in the long term, they have to get started crafting a two-year budget that weathers the toughest years that Olympia has faced since the Great Depression.


“Game On”

February 4th, 2011

Kate Joncas, president of the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), took as her tagline: “Game On,” as she tossed breakfast guests a pigskin metaphor and then proceeded to detail some of the successes and shortcomings of the economy in a 2011 snapshot.


Seniors Together

January 24th, 2011

It was coffee and cookies and civics at the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens January 19, one of the many events and activities that the city provides for seniors who have served their communities. Each month the office taps a local official to talk to community elders about city services. This month was my opportunity to have coffee and cookies with some of these experienced citizens and talk about my responsibilities at City Hall.


Seattle for Washington Lobby Day

January 19th, 2011

The “Seattle for Washington” initiative to build relationships with other cities and jurisdictions isn’t just lip service – it’s something that’s been ongoing throughout the year and has taken councilmembers to districts across the state – from Aberdeen to Spokane and from Canadian border to the mouth of the Columbia.


Lobbying Legislators a Team Sport

January 13th, 2011

The 2011 legislative session will challenge the 147 senators and representatives – possibly as never before in our (and their) lifetimes. They will be crafting a budget for the next two years in one of the leanest economic environments since the Great Depression.


Legislators Hear from the Public

January 4th, 2011

It is, without a doubt, the worst of times: so many needs and so little revenue. But it also is the best of times to share the heavy fiscal burden. And, indeed, about 50 of the 46th District’s constituents showed up, eager to help, despite icy driving conditions and a last minute change of venue.


Gloomy day, rosy forecast

November 19th, 2010

Although recent days have been gloomy, views about the economy were decidedly upbeat at enterpriseSeattle’s annual board retreat at the Space Needle last week . Forecasts say the region can expect 250,000 new jobs or approximately 40,000 new jobs per year between 2010-2016. It’s expected that the region will outpace national growth.