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Sales Tax Hike Proposed, Dozing Air Traffic Controllers, Marmot Count

Ross Reynolds
04/20/2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Potential Temporary Tax Increase: The state Legislature is debating sharp budget cuts to deal with the fact that Washington is spending billions more than it's getting in tax revenue. But despite the conventional wisdom that Washington voters won't raise taxes, state Senator Paull Shin is proposing a temporary 1 percent sales tax increase. We'll ask him why.

Sleeping On The Job: Dozing air traffic controllers have caught the nation's attention. We'll talk to a 20 year veteran controller about his experiences and what he thinks should change.

Monitoring Washington's Marmots: Marmots are cat–sized mammals and one species is only found on the Olympic Peninsula. The park service is looking for volunteers to camp out and conduct a marmot count. We'll find out why, and also what it takes to be a marmot counter.


Paull Shin is a Washington state senator representing Edmonds. He's a member of the Senate Economic Development, Trade and Innovation committee.

Bob Richards is a retired air traffic controller who worked at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for 22 years and wrote the book "Secrets From The Tower,"

Patricia Happe is wildlife branch chief at Olympic National Park.

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