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Bag Fee, State Budget and Small Luxuries in Hard Times

Ross Reynolds
04/01/2009 at 1:00 p.m.

GOP on the State Budget

Democrats in the Washington State House and Senate have put forward their budgets. So what are the Republicans saying? We talk to the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Fewer State Audits?

Voters approved performance audits to measure how well state agencies perform. The state house budget released yesterday would cut $15 million from the program. We check in with State Auditor Brian Sonntag who says he's saved the state millions.

Housing for Street Alcoholics

A University of Washington researcher explains the findings of the first controlled study of Seattle's housing program for chronic alcoholics.

Bag Fee to a Vote

In August, voters will decide whether shoppers should be charged 20 cents for paper or plastic bags. What do you think? We hear from both sides, and take your calls.

Hard Times, Small Luxuries

What small luxury will you continue to allow yourself, even if you're cuting back on everything else? We speak to an analyst, retailers and you.


Gary Alexander is the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee in Olympia.

Brian Sonntag is Washington's State Auditor.

Dr. Mary Larimer is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington.

Keith Christman is senior director of packaging for the American Chemistry Council.

George Van Horn is senior analyst with IBISworld.

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