Morning Fizz

"I Have Concerns."

Tuesday Edition. Caffeinated News & Gossip starring: Mike McGinn and car tabs; Tim Burgess and the city budget; I-1183 and perfect voters; Bob Ferguson and Reagan Dunn.

09/27/2011 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

McGinn's Budget Saves $18 Million With Layoffs, "Consolidations"

Mayor Mike McGinn unveils a 2012 city budget that closes an $18 million projected revenue shortfall.

09/26/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Local Unions and Democrats Were Also in the Crowd

Monday Edition. Caffeinated news and gossip featuring anti-Obama protesters, Jane Hague, Rob McKenna, and Mike McGinn's budget.

09/26/2011 By Morning Fizz

On Other Blogs

Burgess: What I Want to See in McGinn's Budget

Tim Burgess: What I'm looking for in Mayor Mike McGinn's budget speech on Monday.

09/22/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

McGinn Proposes Spending "Rubble Yard" Proceeds on Ice, SDOT

McGinn proposes spending windfall proceeds from the sale of city property on a decaying building in Magnuson Park, fixes at parks and community centers, and transportation---including, potentially, planning for light rail.

09/21/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Necessitating Still More Cuts

Wednesday Edition. Caffeinated news and gossip starring: the city budget, election endorsements, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Gov. Chris Gregoire, and more.

09/21/2011 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

Council Members Skeptical About Mayor's Housing Office Merger Proposal

City council members and housing advocates are skeptical about a plan by Mayor Mike McGinn to consolidate the city's offices of housing and economic development into a new department headed by OED director Steve Johnson.

09/20/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council: Hold Off on Replenishing Rainy Day Fund

In a divided vote, the city council opts to put off legislation mandating automatic budget transfers to the city's rainy day fund until after they see Mayor Mike McGinn's budget proposal.

09/19/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Sodexo, Villain to Student Activists, Caters Jay Inslee Event

Tuesday Edition: Inslee and Sodexo; Classen and Godden; Metro and the suburbs; McGinn and the rainy day fund; Dian Ferguson and Shawn Kemp.

07/19/2011 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

More than 30 Layoffs Coming to City Transportation Department

Council members express alarm that the mayor's midyear budget cuts include 31 street-maintenance employees.

06/20/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

City Budget: More Cuts Ahead

Despite some good budget news this year, the city still faces $8.7 in midyear cuts to its general fund, the largest portion of the city budget.

06/20/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


City Scales Back Popular Bicycle Sundays Program

The city's parks department is scaling back its popular Bicycle Sundays program, which closes much of Lake Washington Blvd. to car traffic, due to budget constraints.

04/25/2011 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 Revenue Forecast: Worse Than Ever

The city's budget shortfall next year will be even worse than previously predicted, thanks to the sluggish economy, Mayor Mike McGinn said today.

09/01/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council's Budget Priorities List Shoots Down Mayor's Parking Tax

The city council adopts a budget priority list that includes one glaring omission: The mayor's proposal to increase the commercial parking tax.

08/13/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

A More Stringent Alternative

05/07/2010 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Turning Out in Huge Numbers

05/05/2010 By Morning Fizz