Isn't It Weird That

Isn't It Weird That ...

A weird thing we noticed about an Ed Murray amendment and a McGinn accusation.

By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit September 19, 2013

1. You know what's not weird? ... The fact that City Council member Richard Conlin hasn't added his name to the list of Seattle Council members endorsing state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill).

Here's why: Back in 2011, then-council president Conlin blasted Murray for an amendment Murray had added to the the stadium taxes bill that allowed Safeco to charge a 10 percent commercial parking tax, preempting the city's 12.5 percent parking tax there and costing the city of Seattle between $200,000 and $300,000 annually.

Trashing Murray's Safeco amendment, Conlin said at the time: "They're stealing $200,000 from us."

Here's our coverage from the time.

The city has since taken the money—which goes to King County arts programming and Safeco—out of its budget.

2. Isn't It Weird That ... 

Although Mayor Mike McGinn has repeatedly accused Murray of "cutting mental-health services"—a reference to legislation that reduced funding to supervise lower-risk offenders after they're released from prison—his own lobbying office called the legislation a "reasonable compromise"? 

In its final report on the city's legislative agenda at the end of the 2011 legislative session, McGinn's Office of Intergovernmental Relations wrote that Murray's bill, which eliminated state parole supervision for first-time sex offenders deemed to be at a low risk of reoffending, was a "reasonable compromise," given "the need to save resources." 


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