Argument over the conditions for the start of serious budget negotiations makes a special session increasingly likely.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
More than half of Washington voters surveyed recently say they disapprove of President Donald Trump's leadership style.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
Washington could try to block a federal effort to allow internet providers to sell customer data.
Flowering cherry trees are a popular and colorful -- albeit unplanned -- addition to the Capitol Grounds.
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017
The outcome of budget votes is rarely in doubt, but that doesn’t stop the political maneuvering.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
A special type of auto dealers license that state officials say can be used for illegal activity would be phased out by mid 2019 under a bill that passed the Legislature Thursday.
City and county governments would be able to approve larger increases in property taxes without asking voters’ permission, under a bill approved by the House committee that oversees tax policy.
People in Washington would have to be at least 21 to buy tobacco smoking or vapor products under a bill approved Thursday by a key House committee. Most vaping products would be taxed at the same rate as cigarettes under a separate bill.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
Roads, bridges and transit projects around Spokane County would get about $125 million from state taxpayers over the next two years under similar transportation budgets making their way through the Legislature.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017
Legislature continues efforts to revise state water laws in wake Supreme Court's Hirst decision.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017
The Legislature is in the throes of its budget fortnight, when much energy is expended and many pronouncements are made on something everyone knows will change. It is a time of high drama, but even higher dudgeon.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
High car tab taxes for Sound Transit generate heat in Seattle, search for relief by some legislators.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017
WSU-Spokane would cease being a branch campus under a bill being considered by the Senate.
Washington tax revenues higher than expected, but question remains on whether they'll cover everything the state needs in its budget.
A reader asked for a more thorough explanation of the 911 tax, referenced in a story in Thursday's newspaper.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
Plan to name U.S. 395 takes a new turn.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
At the two-month mark, Legislature passes extension of levy cliff and readies it for governor's signature.
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