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  • Washington budget sag continues

    OLYMPIA — Washington’s economic outlook continues to weaken, and the state could face a drop of $1.4 billion in the money it has available for its main budget over this …


  • State economist cites ‘sinking feeling of pessimism’

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook for the next two years has gone from cautiously optimistic to “a sinking feeling of pessimism,” the state’s chief economist said Thursday. “The risk of …


  • Pessimism darkening Washington’s economic forecast

    Washington’s economic outlook for the next two years has gone from cautiously optimistic to “a sinking feeling of pessimism,” the state’s chief economist said Thursday.


  • Budget cushion sinks

    OLYMPIA – The state’s most likely revenue outlook for the next two years dropped slightly Wednesday as the state’s chief economist revised his projections downward about $183 million because of …


  • Washington revenue forecast falls again

    Washington state’s projected revenues for the next two years are down slightly, said Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist and executive director of the economic and revenue forecast council.


  • Washington state facing deeper cuts

    OLYMPIA – The gap between Washington’s projected state revenues and current expenses grew to about $5.1 billion for the coming biennium, prompting a call from Gov. Chris Gregoire for the …


  • State economist still bullish, but forecast has officials scrambling

    OLYMPIA – Little changes can have big costs. That may be the main lesson from last week’s announcement that Washington state’s budget appears to be another $1.2 billion out of …


  • State economist “bullish,” despite slower-than-expected recovery

    OLYMPIA – Little changes can have big costs. That may be the main lesson from last week’s announcement that Washington state’s budget appears to be another $1.2 billion out of …


  • $1.2 billion shortfall looms for Washington

    OLYMPIA – The state is still being buffeted by the “Great Recession” and will have about $1.2 billion less than previously expected through mid-2013, Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist …


  • Caldwell: State treasurer goes to bat for pension protection

    Washington state Treasurer James McIntire will ask the 2011 Legislature to approve a state constitutional amendment that would require at least 80 percent funding of annual state pension contributions. With …


  • Final decision on state cuts, layoffs to come by Oct. 1

    State health care programs could shrink or disappear in the coming months, at least one state prison could close and college classes could be more crowded next semester as state …


  • Gregoire: Services to suffer in state budget cuts

    State health care programs could shrink or disappear in the coming months, at least one state prison could close and college classes could be more crowded next semester as state …


  • Tax hikes balancing budget in weak economy

    Washington’s economy is slowly getting better, but tax hikes are mainly keeping state budget out of the red through mid 2013.


  • Budget forecast darkens

    OLYMPIA – The state’s projected budget gap grew by about $200 million Friday. Chief economic forecaster Arun Raha said revenue won’t be off that much, but the state is expecting …


  • Raha: Washington state’s recovery is here

    Washington’s top economic forecaster Wednesday said the recession is over, for now. Arun Raha, executive director of the Washington state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, said a potential second “dip” …


  • Sluggish recovery seen

    Washington’s chief economist Wednesday forecast a slow recovery that will not return state revenues to fiscal 2008 levels until 2011. Income from sales, business and occupation, and other taxes continues …


  • Slow recovery forecast for Washington economy

    Washington’s chief economist today forecast a slow recovery that will not return state revenues to fiscal 2008 levels until 2011.


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