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WA universities want to cut a deal with lawmakers

WSP union asking new governor for new chief

Olympia may allow backyard chicken farming


WA universities want to cut a deal with lawmakers

AP, SEATTLE — Washington’s public university presidents are offering to compromise with the state Legislature over money for higher education. The six presidents say they will agree to freeze tuition for the next two years — as Gov. Chris Gregoire has proposed — if the state infuses $225 million into their budgets.

The chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee told The Seattle Times Gregoire’s proposed budget was just a proposal. Rep. Ross Hunter says it was full of assumptions that are not likely to happen.

And he adds, finding $225 million for higher education when the state is already predicting a $900 million shortfall for the next biennium would be very difficult.

On the other hand, Hunter agrees with the six presidents that the state cannot continue to destroy the higher education system financially.

WSP union asking new governor for new chief

AP, OLYMPIA, Wash. — The union for Washington State Patrol troopers and sergeants wants Gov.-elect Jay Inslee to replace Chief John Batiste (buh-TEEST).

Washington State Patrol Troopers Association President Tommie Pillow told The Olympian the chief is out of touch.

A spokesman for Batiste says he’s not talking about his future plans at this point. And, a spokesman for Inslee says he’s still considering suggestions for cabinet positions.

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Batiste in 2005. The patrol has more than 2,400 employees and the union represents about 1,000.

Pillow already has a replacement in mind for the chief’s job. The union likes Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar, who has recruited 10 troopers to work for the city. Farrar says he’s interested but has not been contacted by Inslee’s transition team.

Olympia may allow backyard chicken farming

AP, OLYMPIA, Wash. — Olympia residents would be able to raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, and even a couple of small goats in their backyards under an urban farming measure the city council is considering Tuesday night.

Mayor Stephen Buxbaum says it’s a fun way to grow your own food.

The Olympian reports urban farmers would be able to sell food from their homes.

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