1. One step forward, half a step back: Sightline reports that Seattle has a goal to manage 700 million gallons of polluted stormwater runoff per year through green stormwater treatments like pervious streets, rain gardens, and rebates to homeowners who install things like cisterns and rain barrels. The only problem: The city hasn't identified any money yet to actually pay for its ambitious goals.
2. As Mayor Mike McGinn and investor Chris Hansen make their case to the NBA's board of governors that they should let Hansen buy the Sacramento Kings and bring them to Seattle (the Puget Sound Business Journal has more on those discussions), the PI.com offers a primer on what both Sacramento and Seattle are arguing, and what's at stake.
3. Yikes: We missed this one, but apparently state Rep. Mike Sells (D-38, Everett) had proposed an amendment to a bill that would allow employers to force their workers and job applicants to provide the passwords to their Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts.
The bill now explicitly bars them from doing so, KOMO reports.
4. In addition to the "bipartisan" statewide budget they proposed today, which cuts back drastically on health and human services programs, senate leaders released a statewide transportation budget proposal that fails to fund, or underfunds, many large projects, including the Columbia River Crossing, which would get just $82 million—too little to trigger federal matching funds, KOMO reports.
The proposal also does not currently include any new local revenue options for transit; representatives from the city and county were down in Olympia today lobbying legislators to give them the ability to raise taxes locally to preserve transit service. However, KOMO quotes city council member Mike O'Brien saying he's "optimistic" that the legislature will give local agencies more transit funding options.