The relatively monolithic Spokane County Commission showed signs of dissent Tuesday, as commissioners argued about their stance on a proposed sales tax increase to fund changes to the area's transit system.
OLYMPIA -- Senate Republicans will release their budget at noon.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Monday that most of the messages of support for Obamacare posted on her Facebook page concerned parts of the health care legislation that had bipartisan support.
OLYMPIA – Trains crossing Washington with crude oil would need larger crews but those with other farm chemicals would not, under a revised bill passed by a House committee Monday. The latest version of a bill on one of the session’s hottest topics also has a higher tax than Senate Republicans approved this month.
The county's Republican Party released a video today, kicking the election year off in grand old fashion. The video is part uplifting, part combative as it first takes on the Spokane City Council, the media and the Democratic Party, before shifting and re-branding itself as...
OLYMPIA – Slogging through stories of budgets and taxes, the average reader might think Olympia is a pretty dreary, humorless place. Some days it is about as gray as the fog that rolls up from the South Puget Sound. But not always. . .
OLYMPIA -- House Democrats rolled out a $38.8 billion spending plan that would sent an extra $1.4 billion to public schools over the next two years. To help pay for some of the programs, it calls for a capital gains tax on high income residents.
OLYMPIA -- Business leaders and local government officials calling for a higher gas tax dominated a House committee hearing. Environmental groups objected to the "poison pill" over carbon fuel standards.
The Washington Public Disclosure Commission on Thursday fined Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke $100 and put him on four-year probation after finding he improperly used county email to obtain information ahead of a candidate debate against John Roskelley in June 2012.
OLYMPIA -- State Auditor Troy Kelley, who has had his house searched by federal agents and documents collected from state offices, is being asked to appear at a Senate committee meeting on Wednesday.
OLYMPIA -- WSU's hopes for its own medical school should get a big boost today with the Senate expected to give final passage to the bill that gives it that authority.
OLYMPIA -- House Democrats say today they will release their 2015-17 operating budget late Friday morning. House and Senate Republicans responded by reiterating their "show me the money" demand, that any extra revenue have a specific tax source.
OLYMPIA -- Pot again provided legislators with plenty to talk about.
Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, said Saturday he would not challenge Spokane Mayor David Condon in this year's city elections. Riccelli, the prime sponsor of a House bill that gave Washington State University the authority, although not the money, to start a new medical school in...
OLYMPIA -- A long list of bills with a wide array of topics on the committee hearing schedule today.
OLYMPIA – The state of Oregon has some good-government types agog and aglow over its new law on voter registration. Perhaps that’s because the good-govs have had little to celebrate on the voter registration front recently that they jumped on a law to automatically sign people up. In fact, it's a terrible idea.
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