The week ahead

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Sunday, January 4, 2009 10:58pm
  • Local News

Get out your calendars. Here are a few happenings in Olympia and elsewhere this week you may find worth following. I’ll be looking to provide updates of events each morning.

Monday Jan. 5

At 11 a.m., Tim Eyman will file his 2009 initiative. (see previous post.)

Tuesday Jan. 6

At 9 a.m., the annual Associated Press Legislative Preview will be held in Olympia. House and Senate leaders, budget writers in the two chambers and Gov. Chris Gregoire are scheduled to address dozens of journalists from across the state. It’s the perfect carbo load for the upcoming session. It will be televised live on TVW.

At 1 p.m., the Joint Transportation Committee meets in Olympia to discuss the future of the state ferry system. I’ll have a longer preview tomorrow morning. Here’s the agenda.

Congress returns to work. The main focus is on a possible federal economic stimulus plan. Senators must decide whether Roland Burris of Illinois and Al Franken of Minnesota get seated. Here’s a Christian Science Monitor preview.

Wednesday Jan. 7

At 10 a.m. in Olympia, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) will hold hearings on several studies including its final report on tax preferences. Here’s the agenda.

At 1 p.m., JLARC will hold a hearing on the recently completed performance audit of the state Parks and Recreation Commission. Here’s a a link to the report.

At 1:30 p.m., state Attorney General Rob McKenna will meet with reporters in Olympia to discuss legislation he will push in the 2009 session.

Thursday Jan. 8

At 6 p.m., state Reps. Marko Liias and Mary Helen Roberts and Sen. Paull Shin will host a town hall meeting on the potential for commercial airline service at Paine Field in Snohomish County. The meeting is in the new Mukilteo City Hall Council Chambers

Friday Jan. 9

At noon, folks will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city of Snohomish. People will gather between the new Snohomish Senior Center and the library along the old railroad tracks. They will travel to Everett to try to regain their title as official county seat.

Saturday Jan. 10

At 9 a.m., members of the Snohomish County Republican Party will meet in Everett to elect new leaders and consider changes in strategy for the year ahead. Here’s what I wrote on the subject Sunday.

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