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  • FRIDAY, AUG. 23, 2013

    McMorris Rodgers says GOP working on ‘Obamacare’ surgery

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, said the GOP plans to pick away at President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation by targeting provisions she said are causing bipartisan headaches. “To …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013

    Spokane city budget proposal adds 25 police officers

    A new Spokane police officer costs exactly $100,000 per year, and Mayor David Condon thinks he’s found a way to pay for 25 of them without going to the voters. …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013, 6:57 A.M.

    Obama proposes ’grand bargain’ for jobs

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is extending a new proposal to Republicans that he hopes will break the political gridlock on budget negotiations, offering to cut corporate tax rates in …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013, 10:51 A.M.

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013, 2:52 P.M.

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

    House group OKs estate tax rewrite

    OLYMPIA – With less than two weeks left in the special session and Gov. Jay Inslee urging them to “pick up the pace,” legislators showed some slight progress but faced …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

    Three issues at forefront of session

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has shortened his top priorities on the Legislature’s “to do” list for the special session to three things: Pass an operating budget. Pass a new …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

    Spin Control: Same old budget battle story

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns to town Monday in search of a compromise on a two-year operating budget that keeps the state in the black, uses relatively few accounting gimmicks, …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013

    Quick fixes to life start in the kitchen

    We’ve all heard the news: Cooking at home is the remedy for a host of budget and health concerns that many of us struggle with today. Want to save money …


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

    House budget plan passes along largely partisan lines

    OLYMPIA – The House passed a $34.2 billion budget Friday that would add money to public schools and assumes a jump in some taxes on businesses and consumers. In a …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013

    House budget cuts exemptions, extends taxes

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats want to spend about $1.9 billion more on education over the next two years, paying for much of it by extending some taxes set to expire …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

    Spin Control: Fight on budget sustains a word

    OLYMPIA – For the next three weeks, at a minimum, legislators will be throwing around the word “sustainable” more than a bunch of organic farmers hectoring an executive from Archer …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

    State Senate releases budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – Washington now has two “starting points” for its $32.5 billion operating budget, and each would take the state in very different directions when it comes to raising and …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013, 10:34 P.M.

    Wash. Senate set to unveil budget proposal

    A Republican-dominated coalition in the Washington state Senate is set to unveil its budget proposal.


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013

    Kitchen-table analogy oversimplifies budgetary process

    OLYMPIA – It is a rare day during the session when some legislator doesn’t offer the folksy wisdom that the state should just balance its budget like the folks back …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013, 11:56 A.M.

    Inslee: Extend temporary tax, spend more on schools

    Budget recommendations for the next two years from Gov. Jay Inslee call for the state to keep temporary tax increases on beer and some business services and spend an extra …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

    State lauded for showing expenditures; chided for budget process

    OLYMPIA – Washington gets a good grade for showing its residents how the state spends their money but deserves lower marks for letting them see how those spending decisions are …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

    Revenue forecast is rosier

    OLYMPIA – Revenue projections for the next two years suggest Washington’s budget will grow by about $2 billion. That’s more than some legislators expected and more than enough to fuel …


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013

    Washington State University among research schools vulnerable to sequester

    PULLMAN – Washington State University researcher Michael Kahn is already reeling from state and federal budget cuts. Now Kahn, the associate director of the university’s Agriculture Research Center, said sequestration …


  • SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2013

    Region plans for sequester

    WASHINGTON – The so-called “sequester” squeeze will cost Inland Northwest school districts millions of dollars and throw into question conservation and recreation programs if implemented. The deadline to avert the …


  • MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013, 4:38 P.M.

    Murray unveils online budget tool as GOP digs in

    It didn’t take long for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to get comfortable in her new cyberspace digs. A few days after officially assuming the role of Budget Committee chairwoman, the …


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