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  • Washington Legislature special session cost nears $30,000

    OLYMPIA – The tab for last month’s three-day special session to approve tax breaks for Boeing stands at $28,626 and counting, the most recent reports filed by legislators show. Requests …


  • Senate plan would boost North Spokane Corridor funding, gas tax

    OLYMPIA – Senate negotiators will begin the push today for a package of road projects that could complete the North Spokane Corridor and raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents over …


  • Boeing tax, permit breaks sail through Washington Legislature

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to persuade Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington, rejecting calls Saturday to spread the benefits of tax breaks …


  • Legislature extends tax breaks, training programs to keep Boeing work in Washington

    OLYMPIA — The Legislature gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to convince Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington, rejecting calls Saturday to spread the benefits of tax breaks …


  • Legislative special session focuses on Boeing breaks

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature opened its third special session, which some have dubbed the Boeing session, with a look back 10 years, trying to make sure the aerospace giant keeps …


  • Spin Control: Special session? For Senate leaders, only eyes roll

    OLYMPIA – With enough time, things that were once unthinkable can become possible. But maybe not probable. I’m not talking about anything as outrageous as using sarin gas or electing …


  • Host of state laws to take effect today

    OLYMPIA – A variety of new laws take effect today in Washington state, ranging from measures that make it easier for certain businesses to serve alcohol to a plan that …


  • Spin Control: Fast-and-furious memos do no good

    Transparency in government is a great ideal, but like so many things it can be somewhat less than ideal in practice. Take, for example, the edict of Initiative 960 that …


  • Innovate Washington loses state funding

    State legislators have eliminated funding for Innovate Washington, an agency created just two years ago by the merger of Sirti and the Washington Technology Center and charged by the Legislature …


  • State begins new fiscal year

    OLYMPIA – The state started its new fiscal year Monday with lower taxes on some beers and services, more than a dozen new tax breaks for businesses and a little …


  • Governor signs budget in time

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year budget on Sunday, averting a government shutdown that state officials had been planning for in case the new spending plan wasn’t …


  • Legislature passes construction budget on final day

    OLYMPIA – After 153 days, the Washington Legislature decided Saturday it had had enough, even though Gov. Jay Inslee wanted it to do more. In quick succession, the House and …


  • Spin Control: Lessons the Legislature teaches us

    There are things one learns after 153 days watching the Legislature. Well, technically not 153 days of watching, because there were big stretches of time in the 105-day regular session, …


  • Washington budget clears final hurdles, heads to Inslee

    OLYMPIA – With strong bipartisan majorities in both houses, the Legislature passed a $33.6 billion operating budget Friday, staving off a threatened shutdown of some state government services. After a …


  • Legislature edges closer to finalizing budget deal

    OLYMPIA – Budget negotiators inched toward an agreement Tuesday on Washington’s $32 billion two-year spending plan, reaching a point where staff looked for new ways to say “close.” But not …


  • Lawmakers say deal on budget close

    OLYMPIA – With state agencies preparing to send temporary layoff notices to some workers Monday, legislators signaled they are closing in on a deal for a two-year operating budget. So …


  • Revenue windfall could end stalemate

    OLYMPIA – An improving economic outlook could allow the Legislature to do something in the next few days that it has been unable to do for nearly six months: negotiate …


  • New revenue forecast could break logjam in Olympia

    OLYMPIA — Washington’s economic outlook is improving, in part because of better home sales, and the state could have an extra $231 million over the next two years for its …


  • Olympia freeze showing signs of thaw

    OLYMPIA – There are signs that the ice dam that is the Washington Legislature may be starting to melt after the glaciation of the regular and first special sessions. Such …


  • Legislature approves a change in estate tax

    OLYMPIA – With just hours to spare, the Senate passed and Gov. Jay Inslee signed a change in the estate tax designed to keep the state from paying out more …


  • Washington Legislature goes to double-overtime

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed for about 17 hours overnight Tuesday – the amount of time between its ineffectual first special session and a second special session that some say …


  • Shawn Vestal: Legislators locked in fool’s game of chicken

    The problem with games of chicken is that the dumber driver wins. Whoever is most willing to crash the car wins. Whichever drunken teenager mistakes foolishness for principle carries the …


  • Washington Senate proposes public vote on policy shifts

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate proposed Sunday to have statewide votes on policies that would alter how lawmakers manage the budget and how school principals manage their teachers. Republican Sen. …


  • Senate passes budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – The state Senate on Saturday approved a budget plan similar to a proposal the chamber passed earlier this year during the regular session, but made some concessions on …


  • Spin Control: Budget negotiators follow silly policy

    OLYMPIA – Among the bromides passed off as great wisdom during this special session of the Legislature is that budget negotiators should not – nay, absolutely must not, and therefore …


  • Senate passes budget in Olympia

    OLYMPIA — The state Senate has approved a revised budget plan similar to a proposal the chamber passed during the regular session as part of an overall plan that makes …


  • House Democrats offer state budget compromise

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered to trim spending and drop many proposals on taxes as part of a compromise they say would allow the Washington Legislature to pass a 2013-15 …


  • Landers: WWRP has proven its worth

    In a perfect Olympia, state lawmakers would give the same consideration to funding Eastern Washington programs as they do for those on the West Side. Native wildlife habitat protection would …


  • Landers: WWRP has proven its worth

    In a perfect Olympia, state lawmakers would give the same consideration to funding Eastern Washington programs as they do for those on the West Side.


  • Estate tax plan moves forward in state Senate

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee, clearly frustrated over a lack of progress in budget negotiations and a plan to fix a problem with the estate tax, accused the Senate on …

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