by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Let’s have a sedated, cautious “hooray!” for the Washington State Legislature’s pretty-much-passed state budget. Why are we (sorta) cheering? Because it’s the first time in six years that Washington’s budget hasn’t had a shortfall to debate and fix in further sessions. We’re being cautious, though, because the state still has some big costs looming over the next two years, especially the $1 billion in education costs that our government has been sued into paying by 2015. In other words, enjoy it while it lasts.
Also coming in 2015, fewer garbage trucks (probably). The Seattle City Council will have the first part of 2014 to decide whether or not to change trash collection service to a biweekly route instead of our current weekly service in a bid to save money, ease workloads for trash collectors, and encourage practices like recycling and composting. The more dense parts of Capitol Hill won’t see a change, but the most residential areas would be affected as biweekly service would only apply to residences using trash cans, not dumpsters.
Incoming mayor Ed Murray loves his committees, and he’s announcing another one at 10 a.m. this Thursday. He’ll be on the 27th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower to introduce his new Income Inequality Advisory Committee.