Spin Control

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

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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WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015



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

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015


OLYMPIA -- Map of the state's snowpack conditions on May 15 when the governor declared a drought emergency for all of Washington. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Washington in drought emergency

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.

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015




TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015




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