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Ballot title for education-funding tax measure is clarified
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Ballot title for education-funding tax measure is clarified

BY JAKE ELLISON

It isn't wrong, but the ballot title for Initiative 884 is open to various interpretations, the state's top election official has announced. Citing evidence of public confusion, Secretary of State Sam Reed last week took the unusual step of issuing a clarification on the education-funding measure to Washington news media. If it passes, I-884 will raise the statewide sales tax rate from 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent, generating $1 billion a year for public education programs, ranging from preschools to colleges and universities.

10/26/2004
Fallout from sales tax increase would be severe in jobs, sales
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Fallout from sales tax increase would be severe in jobs, sales

BY JAMIE DANIELS

We all agree that providing a quality education system for our children is a top priority and that the current system needs improvement to keep up with changing demographics and work force demands. Raising the sales tax without strong accountability is not the solution

10/10/2004
Not all sold on raising sales tax to help schools
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Not all sold on raising sales tax to help schools

BY JAKE ELLISON

Initiative 884 -- the billion-dollar Hail Mary to cure the state's ailing schools -- may not fix every education problem in Washington, but with its massive infusion of cash, the measure would undoubtedly make a dent in areas where money alone can help: college enrollment, class size, teacher pay and preschool programs for disadvantaged children. There are sharp disagreements about whether the initiative is a good idea, and campaigns on both sides have plenty of time to make their cases before the November general election.

08/30/2004
Sales tax-for-schools measure I-884 headed for the ballot
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Sales tax-for-schools measure I-884 headed for the ballot

BY JAKE ELLISON

Jubilant supporters of Initiative 884 crowded onto a yellow school bus in Seattle yesterday and headed to Olympia, where they turned in petitions bearing more than 327,000 signatures -- nearly double the number needed to get the measure on the November ballot. Proponents were taking no chances that the measure aiming to increase the sales tax and raise a billion dollars a year for public education would be left out of the fall elections.

07/03/2004
Court OKs wording for education initiative
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Court OKs wording for education initiative

OLYMPIA -- Ballot language for Initiative 884, the $1 billion education tax plan, was amended and approved by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Pomeroy on Monday. The ruling clears the way for the League of Education Voters to begin collecting signatures. League officials say petitions could be distributed as soon as Friday. The group must garner 250,000 valid signatures by July 2 to qualify for the Nov. 2 ballot. The initiative drive was stalled last week when a coalition of anti-tax groups challenged the ballot language in court.

03/31/2004
Groups sue over wording of education tax initiative
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Groups sue over wording of education tax initiative

BY JAKE ELLISON

The billion-dollar tax initiative designed to bolster public education in Washington has been stalled by a last-minute lawsuit. Three anti-tax groups have challenged language in the title that describes the content of the initiative. The suit was filed in Thurston County Superior Court on Monday -- the last day such action could be taken. The League of Education Voters initiative -- I-844 -- would raise the state's sales tax by 1 percent.

03/24/2004
EARLY PUNT ON ED PACKAGE WOULD GIVE SPONSORS BETTER FIELD POSITION
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EARLY PUNT ON ED PACKAGE WOULD GIVE SPONSORS BETTER FIELD POSITION

BY THOMAS SHAPLEY

OLYMPIA Now that Gov. Gary Locke has handed the ball on education funding reform to the Legislature, the best thing for lawmakers to do is punt. It's not that that's the right thing to do. It's just that that's what's going to happen, so legislative leadership might as well do it now and give the League of Education Voters as much time as possible to gather signatures and money for an initiative to the people in November. A bid for a new billion- dollar tax in an election year is DOA in a divided state Legislature.

02/08/2004
Fix the Shoreline Mess
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Fix the Shoreline Mess

BY Glenn Spencer

In 1995, the Washington legislature passed a law ordering the Department of Ecology (DOE) to revamp its 1972 shoreline management rules. The legislature would have been well served to remember the old saying "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." By putting the vague notion of the "public interest," ahead of the fundamental principle of individual property rights, DOE has constructed a regulatory nightmare.

03/27/2001
Most States to Continue Case Against Microsoft
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Most States to Continue Case Against Microsoft

BY Dan Richman

No matter what happens to the Microsoft antitrust case in a future presidential administration, most state attorneys general say they will stand firm in their attempt to break Microsoft Corp. in two. But both North Carolina's candidates for attorney general have pledged to re-examine their state's commitment to the case. They made that promise at the behest of North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy, a national lobbying group to which Microsoft contributes.

10/05/2000
Requests in Anti-Trust Case
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Requests in Anti-Trust Case

BY Dan Richman

Microsoft Corp. yesterday asked the court hearing its antitrust appeal for a five-month briefing period, also requesting four times the legal limit for its two appellate briefs.

10/03/2000

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