OLYMPIA -- The House passed a $3.9 billion capital budget that would spend millions on new classrooms around the state as well as money for school projects, park improvements and buildings at Spokane Community Colleges and Eastern Washington University.
OLYMPIA --The proposed state budget would spend $38.2 billion over the next two years, boost public schools by some $2.8 billion, give teachers and state employees cost-of-living raises, and reduce tuition for college students.
And yes, there's money for a Spokane med school. Details inside the blog.
OLYMPIA -- The transportation package that would raise gasoline taxes to pay for major road, bridge and rail projects around the state would have more than $1 billion for Spokane-area projects.
UPDATE: Budget details just posted
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders say they have reached a deal on a two-year budget and staved off a partial government shutdown that would have started Wednesday.
But they released few details of that deal that had eluded them for 163 legislative days. The public will have to wait at least a day, they said.
OLYMPIA -- Medical marijuana users would pay many of the same taxes as recreational pot users under a bill approved Friday by the House.
On a 59-38 vote, the House passed revisions to Washington's rapidly changing marijuana laws even though some representatives said the tax rates were too high.
OLYMPIA -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal in all states was praised as a landmark support of personal liberty and criticized as an infringement on religious freedom in speeches on the Senate floor today.
OLYMPIA -- The Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold hearings on some of the latest iterations of a budget plan this afternoon, including one that would stave off a shutdown for a month.
It would extend the current budget through July, with only a few additions like the money to pay for debt service and $14 million for drought.
The Spokane Home Builders Association, a generally right-leaning organization, has endorsed Spokane Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart for re-election, citing the need for "sustained leadership."