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Posts published in “Day: July 24, 2006”

School support

As Idaho legislators and citizens generally consider their options while Governor Jim Risch issues his call for a legislative session on property taxes, they may want to consider other pieces of the equation as well.

One of them is support for public schools. You can measure this in a wide variety of ways, but one of the more useful is this:

school support as measured by gemeral fund revenue

It shows what the state's level of support for public schools, measured against actual income in the state, has done in the last few years. (more…)

Filing, filing

You can keep track of exactly who is filing this week for office in Washington state through a comprehensive list maintained by the secretary of state's office.

It's on this page on the office's web site.

So far, among the early-earlies, we have a couple of candidates for the U.S. Senate, though neither is named Cantwell or McGavick. (They should show up soon.) The first U.S. House district to draw multiple candidates is District 7, one of the most lopsidedly uncompetitive in the state.

Much more, soon.

Session’s on

The Idaho special session on property taxes is apparently on: Governor James Risch plans to make the announcement tomorrow.

He's hoping for a one-day session - and for good reason. If they don't do it in one day, they're apt to have a political mess on their hands. Is the outcome of the session a locked-down, done deal - as it would have to be to get it done in a day? Good, relevant question.

Victoria’s secret (lowercase)

One of the great and spectacular trips in the Northwest is the ferry ride from Washington over to Victoria, British Columbia. It's not, however, quite as super, natural as British Columbia might like, for this reason: For years, Victoria has been dump raw, untreated sewage into the water, in the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

This seems a surprisingly third-worldish thing to do, for a country so self-consciously green in many ways. But there is, and might have continued for a long time. But it appears to be headed toward a welcome conclusion in another year or two, due largely to an external influence: The coming arrival, in 2010, of the Olympics games at Vancouver, activities of which will be spread around southwest British Columbia.

Joel Connelly's column today in the Seattle P-I lays out some of this. "Bluntly put, green games could not coexist with the brown reality of "Victoria's Secret" -- the daily discharge of 31 million gallons of untreated sewage into a waterway shared by the U.S., Canada, salmon runs and endangered marine mammals," he wrote. "The province's touristy capital dumps a volume of effluent into the strait that would fill 40,000 Olympic-size swimming pools each year."

This may be the single most valuable thing the games do for the Northwest.