Shelly O'Quinn said Tuesday she was frustrated by statements made by fellow Commissioner Al French following his decision not to support the CEO candidacy of Al French.
OLYMPIA -- House Democrats released their "no new taxes" operating budget this morning that includes cost-of-living raises for teachers and state workers, a college tuition freeze and some class-size reductions. They also want an extra $356 million from closing some tax preferences and exemptions to pay for programs outside that "base budget."
OLYMPIA -- House Democrats will unveil a new budget proposal and some legislation that goes with it at 11:30 a.m. today, then hold an Appropriations Committee hearing at 3 p.m.
OLYMPIA – The old saying that there’s never a cop around when you need one is particularly true right now in the Capitol, where the Legislature is violating the state budget law and no one is available to make an arrest.
OLYMPIA -- Good news: Legislative leaders are closer to reaching key agreements on the 2015-17 state budget. Not so good news: They don't actually agree on just how close.
OLYMPIA -- On the morning of the 22nd day of the second special session, Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders are holding back-to-back-to-back press conferences. But don't hold your breath for huge news.
OLYMPIA – State officials insist the Legislature will pass a budget by June 30 and avoid a partial government shutdown. But it might not do it before next Tuesday, when labor contracts require they notify tens of thousands of state employees of potential temporary layoffs.
OLYMPIA -- Former Rep. Susan Fagan settled a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Board that she was improperly reimbursed for political and personal expenses. Fagan, who resigned in April when the ethics investigation was revealed, agreed to reimburse the state some $800 and pay more than $4,700 in investigation costs as part of the settlement
Rachel Dolezal and Spokane were front and center last night on The Daily Show and The Nightly Show.
Wonder what the Interior Department told Gov. Jay Inslee about the Spokane Tribe's proposal for a casino, hotel and retail project on the West Plains? The link's inside.
OLYMPIA – A self-described gang “wannabe” who killed a Gonzaga Law School student during a 1992 robbery does not deserve early release from prison, a state board ruled Monday.
OLYMPIA -- The morning budget meeting between legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee lasted about 10 minutes, and participants had little to say as the exited. Countdown to end of 2nd special session: 12 Days. Countdown to end of fiscal year: 15 days. Countdown to partial gov't shutdown: 16 days.
On Day 105 of the legislative session, we offer a Q and A on the budget.
Rachel Dolezal, the embattled head of the Spokane NAACP, accepted an award on behalf of the organization in late April as part of the first Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame. The honoree was originally billed as the city's first black city councilman -- until his descendants came forward to say he was actually white.
OLYMPIA -- A bipartisan House group talks about its student assessment bill. A bipartisan Senate group talks about its school levy reform bill. A labor group plans a protest on the Capitol Campus. Possibly the most activity of the second special session. But will it generate results?
OLYMPIA -- It seems as though the Cone of Silence descended over budget negotiations Wednesday. Gov. Jay Inslee deflected most questions about progress in talks to break a legislative stalemate over the 2015-17 operating budget.
OLYMPIA -- Legislative leaders do not have a tentative agreement on the size of the state 2015-17 budget, a Senate Republican familiar with negotiations said this afternoon.
The Legislative Ethics Board spent a fair amount of time determining whether legislators could receive free passes to the upcoming U.S. Open, and eventually decided some could because they were going to be doing “official business”. . .
OLYMPIA – It is a rare day when an irate news consumer doesn’t write, call, text, e-mail or otherwise communicate displeasure with the Legislature’s inability to finish its work and get the heck out of Dodge. Many offer suggestions on how to keep future Legislatures from going into multiple special sessions. . .
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