City Could Reap Millions from Unpaid Taxes (Or Not)

Seattle could benefit from unpaid millions in state taxes.

05/09/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Mayor, Unions Tentatively Agree to Reduce Pay Increase, Preserve Health Care Benefits

Mayor Mike McGinn announced a tentative agreement with 19 city unions, representing about 6,000 city employees, this afternoon to help close a budget shortfall of $67 million.

09/10/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

City Forecast: $67 Million Shortfall Next Year, Up From $56 Million Projection

The city's budget forecast for next year shows a $67 million shortfall---up $11 million from the previous forecast of a $56 million loss.

09/07/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Seattle Managers Respond to Union Demands that McGinn Fire Managers

Working Seattle, a group of city strategic advisors and managers that formed in response to Mayor Mike McGinn's vow to eliminate 200 strategic advisor and management positions, responds to demands from unionized city employees that McGinn cut management p

08/24/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Seattle Must Preserve Its World-Class Parks System

Dorsol Plants is still subbing for Dan Bertolet as a Cola columnist. Today, he argues that the city must prioritize its world-class parks system.

08/20/2010 By Dorsol Plants

City Hall

McGinn Proposes Fixing SDOT Shortfall with New Parking Tax, License Fee

To address an ongoing revenue shortfall at the city's transportation department, Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed passing a new fee on vehicle licenses and increasing the commercial parking tax.

07/14/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Constantine Proposes Salary Freeze, Ditching Automatic Cost-of-Living Increases

King County Executive Dow Constantine freezes wages and asks county union members to make sacrifices to close a $140 million two-year budget gap.

07/13/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


What Cutting 400,000 Hours of Metro Service Would Look Like

King County Metro's $60 million budget shortfall will almost certainly mean service cuts. Tonight, transit planners will give an initial look at the worst-case scenario.

07/01/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Underwhelmed by the Hype

01/27/2010 By Morning Fizz