Spin Control

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

Just in case there's no budget deal

OLYMPIA – Although Gov. Jay Inslee says he doesn’t expect a state government shutdown on July 1 and legislative leaders say they are doing everything to avoid one, the state budget office Friday posted a list of what each agency will do if a budget deal isn’t reached by June 30.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015


TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

Senate GOP: Open up state union contract talks 

OLYMPIA -- Contract negotiations between the state and its employees' unions should be open to the public and legislators, Senate Republicans argued Tuesday. Union leaders said that would be different from nearly all negotiations in the private sector and that the leaders of the committee conduct their budget negotiations behind closed doors.

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MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

Windsor Elementary preschool teacher Jennifer Gonzalez asks Bobby Enright if he's finished riding the trike during recess. (Jesse Tinsley)

Spin Control: Kids get trikes thanks to gov's raise

The children in Jennifer Gonzalez’s pre-school class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won’t care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens’ commission that recently gave state’s elected officials a raise, a governor who didn’t feel right about taking it and a Legislature deadlocked over the budget.

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WA unemployment rate at 5.5%

OLYMPIA -- Washington's unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, almost the same as the nation's 5.4 percent. In the booming Seattle/Bellevue/Everett region, however, it's down to 4.3 percent.

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015

Is Legislature any closer to a deal with more revenue? 

Gov. Jay Inslee said today the Legislature should be able to reach a deal on the 2015-17 budget thanks to several hundred million dollars of extra revenue that may come in. Senate Republican leaders said it should be able to reach a deal, thanks to the new revenue. But the road they describe to reach the deal was very different.

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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

Young hockey players exempted from some labor laws

OLYMPIA -- Young hockey players for the Spokane Chiefs and other WHL teams in Washington will be exempted from certain labor laws which would have restricted their practice and playing time and made them subject to the minimum wage. Without the law signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee, the league's Washington teams might not have been able to operate.

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OLYMPIA -- House Appropriations Chairman Ross Hunter (right) explains a point while Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Andy Hill listens during the economic forecast which suggests some $327 million extra in revenue for the state's general fund in 2015-17 (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

State revenue projections up $400 million for next two years

OLYMPIA -- State budget negotiators got some good news today, that the state can expect to collect about $400 million more in taxes and fees than they've been expecting over the next two years. Will it be enough to bring budget negotiations, and the special session, to a rapid conclusion? The two top budget writers didn't agree.

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SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015

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