Government Reform http://kplu.org en Constantine touts progress on budget, reform http://kplu.org/post/constantine-touts-progress-budget-reform <p>King County is in good shape and getting better.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the message from County Executive Dow Constantine during his &ldquo;State of the County&rdquo; speech Monday. Speaking from the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, Constantine touted progress in taming the county&rsquo;s budget problems and making county government more efficient.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:41:06 +0000 Liam Moriarty 901 at http://kplu.org Constantine touts progress on budget, reform Lawsuit payouts spiking as state budget crumbles http://kplu.org/post/lawsuit-payouts-spiking-state-budget-crumbles <p>The amount of money the state pays out in lawsuits has doubled in the last four years to more than $50 million dollars a year. This spike in legal costs comes as Washington reduces funding for education, healthcare and other state services. But cutting Washington’s legal bills is no easy task.</p><p> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:35:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 417 at http://kplu.org Lawsuit payouts spiking as state budget crumbles