1. The PI.com reports that Avis, the rental-car company, has bought Zipcar, the car-sharing firm, confirming some detractors' concerns that Zipcar (which replaced the more community-minded Flexcar) is less a car-sharing company than an hourly car-rental company in disguise.
2. Washington state universities are unhappy with outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire's plan to freeze tuition rates at state schools for two years, citing the need to stop raising costs for state schools, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. According to the paper, in-state students are now paying around $12,000 a year for tuition and mandatory fees for state schools like UW and WSU.
3. Governor-elect Jay Inslee has hired a headhunting firm to consider applicants for his administration, the Spokesman-Review reports. Among them: State transportation secretary Paula Hammond, a Gregoire appointee who wants to keep her position. Inslee is reportedly undertaking a nationwide search for a potential Hammond replacement.
4. Initiative backer Tim Eyman plans to turn in signatures next week for I-517, a ballot measure that would extend by six months the amount of time for initiative backers to turn in signatures to the secretary of state, the Olympian reports. Because 517 is an initiative to the legislature, the legislature will have to take action on it (or decline to do so) before it goes to the 2013 ballot.
6. The state minimum wage is going up—to $9.19 an hour! KOMO offers a concrete example of why that matters.