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  • FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010, 2:28 P.M.

    Gregoire calls for more cuts

    Gov. Chris Gregoire says the state needs to drop some programs by March 1 to balance budget.


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010, 9:46 A.M.

    Washington won’t release man who nearly killed cop

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has blocked the release of an Iowa man convicted of nearly killing a Richland police officer 28 years ago.


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

    ‘Plan B’ rule to be maintained

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s Board of Pharmacy voted Thursday to not move forward with changing a rule that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense all legal drugs, including the morning-after contraceptive …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

    Gregoire’s budget lays out harsh cuts

    OLYMPIA – Saying the state faces an economic crisis that requires deep cuts and government restructuring, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday proposed eliminating some state programs for schools and some …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

    Governor proposes MAC closure

    “Stunned,” “shocked” and “disappointed” were the words used by Chris Schnug, president of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board, after learning that the governor’s 2011-’13 budget proposal calls …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010, 7:15 P.M.

    Gregoire budget slashes social programs, schools

    Saying the state faces an economic crisis, Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing deep cuts in some of the state programs for schools and the poor.


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

    Deal cuts hours, pay for state workers

    OLYMPIA – Union leaders for state workers have agreed tentatively to cuts in wages and increases in health premiums for the next two years. Union officials and Gov. Chris Gregoire, …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010, 11:05 A.M.

    Gregoire proposes consolidating state agencies

    Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to consolidate several state agencies and eliminate three dozen boards and commissions in a plan she says will save the state nearly $30 million over the …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010

    Gregoire urges changes in pensions, insurance

    OLYMPIA – The state should cut off automatic pension increases to some state retirees and keep others from retiring and being rehired for their old jobs, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010, 2:56 P.M.

    Pension, health care cuts proposed

    OLYMPIA— The state could save billions by changing pension and health care plans, Gov. Chris Gregoire says.


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2010

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2010

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010, 5:39 P.M.

    Wash. Legislature prepares for Saturday special session

    Washington lawmakers prepared today to make emergency budgeting moves in an unusual “lame duck” special session, the latest drastic measure sparked by Great Recession-era budget deficits.


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

    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 …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010, 2:41 P.M.

    Gregoire says special session inevitable

    Gov. Chris Gregoire said today that a special session to deal with the state’s budget shortfall is inevitable, and she gave lawmakers a Thursday deadline to present her with a …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2010

    Caldwell: Rate hikes pit Kreidler against insurers

    Suppose the State of Washington had a six-month financial reserve, instead of a looming $385 million overdraft. Suppose, too, that Gov. Chris Gregoire was to propose a 14 percent tax …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2010

    Liquor sales discussion not over

    OLYMPIA – Voters rejected two ballot measures this year that would have gotten Washington state out of the liquor business, but supporters of changing the state’s current system of selling …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2010

    Note to Democrats: Areas with high voter turnout hurt you

    Statistics may be for losers, as Scotty Bowman once said. But losers who don’t pay attention to statistics may be destined to keep losing. So it might be wise for …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010

    Gregoire beefs up collection force for business taxes

    OLYMPIA – Facing revenue shortfalls for the next 30 months, Washington state is making changes in its tax collecting agency to go after businesses that aren’t paying what they owe, …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

    Lawmakers’ deadline arrives with few budget proposals

    OLYMPIA – Warning that every month is critical in solving the state’s looming budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried Monday to prod legislators into suggesting budget cuts more palatable than …


  • MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010, 7:16 P.M.

    Gregoire still waiting for alternative spending plans

    Warning that every month is critical in solving the state’s looming budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried Monday to prod legislators into suggesting budget cuts more palatable than hers.


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2010

    Letter details targeted cuts to Medicaid services

    Thousands of Washington’s poorest residents will receive a letter early next month informing them that they will lose health care services in the coming year as the state cuts Medicaid …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2010

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 20, 2010, 4:23 P.M.

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 20, 2010

    Unions called back to table

    OLYMPIA – Washington wants to renegotiate its labor contracts with state workers in the wake of Thursday’s revenue projections that lopped $1.2 billion out of the budget over the next …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010, 11:35 A.M.

    State wants to reopen union contracts

    OLYMPIA—State employees unions are being asked to renegotiate contracts because of projected shortfalls in the state budget.


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

    McKenna’s role in health care suit challenged

    OLYMPIA – Washington state has entered both sides of a federal lawsuit challenging health care reform, and Thursday the state Supreme Court tried to figure out who had the authority …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

    Crèche won’t find home in rotunda

    OLYMPIA – Thanksgiving is still nearly a week away, but the annual Christmas controversy over religious displays in the Capitol has begun. A tree will go up in the Rotunda …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

    $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 …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010, 12:41 P.M.

    High court weighs state joining health care suit

    OLYMPIA — Supreme Court asked to decide who represents the state on controversial federal programs.


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