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  • Clark: Unmarked police car bill solves no one’s problems

    I’ve long held the belief that if Olympia’s electricity came from brainpower the Statehouse would be in a perpetual gloom. Even so, I’m confident there’s still enough wisdom at the …


  • Wash. House budget proposal passes key committee

    A House committee has approved the Democratic majority’s state budget proposal aimed at closing an estimated $5 billion deficit for the next two years.


  • Legislature OKs deficit reduction plan in one-day session

    OLYMPIA – Washington state lawmakers quickly approved a plan to shrink the state’s $1.1 billion deficit in a one-day special session Saturday, a preview of heavier budget-balancing work that lies …


  • Interpreter services for patients face cut

    SEATTLE – About 70,000 Washington residents who do not speak English fluently may lose access to interpreters during medical visits under a proposed budget cut. The proposed $2 million cut …


  • Special session starts Saturday

    OLYMPIA – State lawmakers will convene a weekend special session to substantially cut the state’s $1.1 billion budget deficit, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Thursday. The bipartisan agreement will reduce the …


  • Budget-patching soda tax starts today

    That six-pack of diet soda will cost an extra 12 cents starting today. It’s possible you won’t pay it, but someone will.


  • New Washington law encourages drug OD 911 calls

    A new law that takes effect Thursday in Washington aims to encourage people to report drug overdoses.


  • Editorial: Convening lawmakers again should be last option

    Before Gov. Chris Gregoire calls the Washington Legislature back to Olympia for another special session, she should reflect on what happened in the first one. Unable to fix the state’s …


  • Second special session might be needed, Gregoire says

    OLYMPIA — Washington may need another special session of the Legislature if Congress doesn’t come through with some $480 million in higher payments for Medicaid, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.


  • New food taxes start Tuesday

    If you drink bottled water or beer, eat candy or chew gum, this weekend would be a good time to stock up. Those items – or at least some brands …


  • Gregoire signs budget bill

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a new spending plan Tuesday designed to close an estimated $2.8 billion gap in the state’s operating budget with what she called a “fair …


  • Gregoire signs new state budget into law

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.


  • Spin Control: Drafting in dark messed up soda tax

    OLYMPIA – Not to be a nag about the value of public hearings for important stuff government wants to do to us, but legislators’ penchant for closed-door, back-room discussions of …


  • New $1 cigarette tax starts Saturday in Washington

    The new dollar-a-pack tax on cigarettes tax effect Saturday in Washington. While lawmakers are hoping to raise more money, the state Health Department says this could prompt more smokers to …


  • Washington state furlough law enacted

    OLYMPIA – Thousands of state workers will take 10 days off without pay over the next 14 months under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The new law …


  • Governor signs tax increases

    OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer …


  • Gregoire signs package of tax hikes

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer goods …


  • No real winners, but some didn’t lose as much

    OLYMPIA – Most years when the Legislature goes home, the winners and losers are pretty obvious. You count the scars and tote up the pork. This year, everyone has scars …


  • Late maneuvers cap debate-filled session

    OLYMPIA – By the time the Legislature wrapped up 90 days of heated and sometimes confusing debate over taxes and spending early Tuesday, it had raised taxes on a wide …


  • Washington tax may send smokers east

    Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. The higher state taxes – which brings the total on every pack to $3 …


  • Eyman files rollback initiatives on newly passed taxes

    Initiative activist Tim Eyman wants voters to roll back several of the tax increases that were just approved by the state Legislature.


  • Budget plan gets OK

    OLYMPIA – Democrats in the Legislature filled a $2.8 billion gap in the state operating budget with an array of new taxes, spending cuts and money from Uncle Sam. Despite …


  • Pine Lodge prison to close under spending plan

    OLYMPIA — Democratic legislators released their spending plan with a combination of cuts and assumed tax hikes, designed to fill a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget.


  • ‘Enough’ Senate votes to pass taxes anticipated

    OLYMPIA – State senators are expected to vote sometime today on the same $667.7 million tax package that passed the House of Representatives on Saturday, and vote as well on …


  • Washington House OKs tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …


  • Fixed menu for budget might leave a bad taste

    OLYMPIA – When talking about the Legislature, it’s easy to get wrapped up in parliamentary details and arcane political jargon. To avoid that, here’s a simple way to look at …


  • House approves tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to …


  • Gregoire: ‘Time’s up’ on session

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns today with time running out in its special session and only two options to fix its unbalanced budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday: Pass an …


  • State sales tax won’t rise

    OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a deal Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …


  • Legislature nearing deal on tax package

    OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a “deal” Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …

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