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Liquor, elderly attendants measures pass

Washington is set to lose its grip on the liquor industry.

The highly publicized battle to privatize liquor control ended with Initiative 1183 winning with almost 60 percent of the votes counted Tuesday night.

Island County ballots mirrored those results, with 63 percent voting in favor of I-1183.

Tim Eyman's bill to restrict the use of motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle toll revenue for non-transportation purposes was narrowly defeated, 51 percent voting against and almost 49 percent for the measure. Voters in Island County were almost identical, with about 52 percent voting no.

Washington's long-term care workers for elderly and disabled people will be required to have background checks, additional training, certification about two years earlier than originally planned. Statewide, voters approved it by 66 percent for I-1163, with 33 percent against it.

Voters in Washington state will be able to cast a ballot for the president and vice president if they lived in the state, county and precinct for at least 30 days before the election. More than 71 percent voted to pass the Senate Joint Resolution 8205 with only 28 percent rejecting it.

Island County voters were more favorable to the resolution. Almost 75 percent of the county's voters approved it; 25 percent rejected it.

Stabilizing the state's budget was a clear priority for voters hit with hard times. The resolution requires additional revenue to be put into a stabilization account in any fiscal biennium with "extraordinary revenue growth." Across Washington, nearly 67 percent of voters approved the budget resolution, with 33 percent against it.

Voters in Island County were more favorable for the rainy-day fund approach. Almost 69 percent of the early return ballots approved the resolution, with 31 percent rejecting it.

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