government spending http://www.kplu.org en Washington lawmakers rack up hefty cellphone bills http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-lawmakers-rack-hefty-cellphone-bills <p>During last year's legislative session that focused on budget troubles, Washington state Sen. Jerome Delvin racked up a cellphone bill that would make most users recoil: $309.21 in one month alone.</p><p>It wasn't out of the norm for Delvin, who submitted his costs for taxpayers to cover.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:53:57 +0000 The Associated Press 7680 at http://www.kplu.org Washington tax dollars go to dry cleaning, artwork http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-tax-dollars-go-dry-cleaning-artwork <p>A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done.</p><p>Then he made sure taxpayers paid the bill.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:47:58 +0000 The Associated Press 7668 at http://www.kplu.org UW football coach Steve Sarkisian top-paid state employee http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-football-coach-steve-sarkisian-top-paid-state-employee <p>A <a href="http://www.ofm.wa.gov/persdetail/2011/default.asp" target="_blank">new detailed list</a> from the Office of Financial Management names University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkasian the top paid Washington state employee in 2010, with $1.98 million in gross pay.</p><p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:40:45 +0000 The Associated Press 2299 at http://www.kplu.org UW football coach Steve Sarkisian top-paid state employee Seattle's water and sewer rates are among the highest in the nation http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-water-and-sewer-rates-are-among-highest-nation <p>If you live in Seattle, and you think your water and sewer charges are high, you&rsquo;re right.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to a new city-government audit of Seattle Public Utilities. The Seattle Times <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014748348_spuaudit12m.html">reports the audit cites an industry analysis</a> that found Seattle paying the highest rates among 50 U.S. cities.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:45:15 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1181 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's water and sewer rates are among the highest in the nation