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By Erica C. Barnett October 10, 2012

1.  The AP's Mike Baker says Democratic gubernatorial candidate (or, in Baker's phrasing, "Democrat candidate") Jay Inslee's green jobs plan "isn't a sure bet," contrasting the green energy industry unfavorably with the economy as a whole.

Baker's evidence: Inslee invested personally in a solar panel company that wasn't successful, and the green energy economy has grown a bit more slowly (3.4 percent a year, compared to 4.2 percent) than the economy as a whole.

The AP's Mike Baker says Democratic gubernatorial candidate (or, in Baker's phrasing, "Democrat candidate") Jay Inslee's green jobs plan "isn't a sure bet." The evidence: Inslee invested in a solar company that wasn't successful, and the green energy economy has grown a bit slower than the economy as a whole.

2. Seattle Transit Blog reports that Sound Transit will once again have to downgrade its 2023 revenue projections, thanks largely to poor performance in South King County, the agency's historical albatross. 

3. A state commission appointed to help design a new Columbia River Crossing Bridge between Washington and Oregon is now considering a 110-foot high bridge, allowing most boats to pass beneath it, the Columbian reports. Although light-rail opponents are using the bridge discussion as another opportunity to kill transit on the bridge, the state says eliminating the lower bridge deck (where light rail would go) would only lower the bridge five feet and would be structurally infeasible. 

4. A new ad for the pot legalization initiative, I-502, features two former Seattle-based US attorneys, John McKay and Kate Pflaumer, the AP reports. Pflaumer, the former auditor for the city's Office of Professional Accountability Review Board, which oversees the Seattle police department's disciplinary agency, says in the ad that I-502 "brings marijuana under tight regulatory control” while increasing tax revenues. 

 

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