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Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

Council Approves 2016 City Budget

November 24th, 2015

On the Monday the Council approved the 2016 City of Seattle budget. As Chair of the Council’s Budget Committee, I was responsible for assembling a balancing package for consideration by the City Council. The budget passed by the Council focuses on urgent, immediate needs. I believe that when more people have a chance to reach […]


Urban Politics #383 Explaining the Mystery of the City Budget

October 16th, 2015

This may sound like a boring topic with a title that is trying hard to make it exciting. However, if I were to title it “How to spend a million dollars,” you might read it. And, hopefully you are right now. So here it is in a nutshell. The City’s 2016 Budget determines how your […]


City Council 2016 Budget Schedule

September 28th, 2015

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today released his proposed 2016 budget and proposed 2016-21 Capital Improvement Program. The City Council’s Budget Committee will begin its consideration of the budget on Thursday, October 1, with an overview provided by the City Budget Office. Public input is vital to Council review and helps Councilmembers develop a budget that […]


UP #367 – Fair Trade Music Seattle

May 18th, 2015

Are you aware that musicians must often “pay to play” or play for “zero minus expenses” – the venue pays them nothing while they must cover their own costs? Does that seem fair?


UP #365 – Minimum Wage in Effect April 1 – No Foolin’

March 30th, 2015

WHAT’S NEW? On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the City of Seattle’s historic new minimum wage law goes into effect.   All employers will have to pay their employees a minimum of $11 an hour, but those employers with 500 or fewer employees can count tips and medical benefit payments to help them reach the $11 minimum […]


March Council Edition

March 27th, 2015

The March edition of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers O’Brien, Sawant and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss the city’s housing crisis, including tenants’ rights, encampments, and linkage fees. We also discuss participatory budgeting and Seattle’s minimum-wage increase.


Apply for Funding by March 27!

March 2nd, 2015

Are you a community group with ideas for advancing racial equity?


Participatory Budgeting Forum, March 12

February 20th, 2015

The Seattle Human Services Coalition and I will co-host a forum about Participatory Budgeting, and discuss how it’s worked in other cities, and how it could work here in Seattle. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. The forum will be on […]


Participatory Budgeting update

January 30th, 2015

On January 27 we held the first forum on Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget. We’ll look to hold a second meeting within the next month or so. We saw a presentation by Ginny Browne of the Participatory Budgeting Project, and she […]


The Kingdome and the Arts

January 26th, 2015

Remember the Kingdome, its falling tiles, and its implosion in 2000?