OLYMPIA -- Want to know how much legal marijuana was sold last month or grown this year? The Washington State Liquor Control Board has a site for you.
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.
OLYMPIA -- Four licensed marijuana stores in Western Washington sold pot to a minor working with the state agency on "compliance checks. The owners face a $2,500 fine and possible suspension. The seller could be charged by a local prosecutor.
About six of every 10 minimum wage workers in Washington and Idaho are women, a national center says. For an interactive national map, go inside the blog.
OLYMPIA -- A hearing on a bill to penalize teachers for one-day strikes featured a walkout by Democrats, questions of legal authority and denunciations of the education unions by conservative think tanks. And it was all upstaged by a 10-year-old who said "We need to support our teachers. They should get paid for their strike days."
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.
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.
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.
OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them to finish their work by May 28, the 30th and final day of the session. It was a milestone that is more the cause for breaking out the aspirin than the champagne.
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OLYMPIA -- Washington has a statewide drought emergency that will likely lead to some farmers going without water for their crops and some small water districts looking at reductions for customers. The state is bracing for $1.2 billion in crop losses and another tough wildfire season this summer.
OLYMPIA -- The state's mental health laws will see significant changes under a series of bills signed today.
OLYMPIA -- Legislative leaders insisting they would focus on the budget didn't keep two House members from trying to get impeachment process started for Troy Kelley.
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