By Josh Feit April 2, 2009


1. This is not an April Fool's prank: There's actually talk of an income tax on the rich in the state legislature. Joe Turner at the Tacoma News Tribune has done the best reporting on the chatter—and on Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles' (D-36, Ballard) millionare's income tax bill

2. In hot water  with his King County Executive campaign rivals (Dow Constantine and Larry Phillips) over the fact that there's no money for the voter-approved light rail expansion across I-90, state Sen. Fred Jarrett (D-41, Mercer Island, Bellevue) passed an amendment to the Senate transportation budget yesterday "to reaffirm the state’s commitment to build the ... HOV center lane and Sound Transit’s voter approved East Link project on the I-90 corridor." 

However, the $30 million for the project still isn't in the budget.  

3. Also not in the budget right now: A tax exemption for renewable energy projects that environmental lobbyists told me is key to keeping their support intact for the compromise on the  bill that amends voter-approved I-937. Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Lisa Brown (D-3, Spokane) told PubliCola "it could still happen," but the exemption costs the state $30 million, and unless they can find that kind of  money elsewhere, the Green incentive may have to go. 

4. Notice anything slightly fizzier this morning? This email came in yesterday: 
My name is paul, i am an urban designer living in seattle. I think your new blog is swell as you'all are providing a much needed critical view of WA politics. thanks.

My one nilling critique: the morning fizz image you use is a wee bit flat.

I have taken the liberty of doing a quick color correction for you. (see attached file)

Great news gossip deserves great graphic design.

best of luck w/ the site and keep on trucking.

Thanks, man.
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