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  • Smart bombs: Love is a battlefield

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s cheeky love letter to Northwest businesses in the wake of voter-approved tax increases in Oregon and the proposed increases in Washington has caused a predictable dust-up. …


  • Transportation plan passes

    The state Legislature has passed an updated state transportation budget that lawmakers say will bankroll thousands of construction jobs.


  • Gregoire spurns Otter’s ‘love letter’

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire jabbed back at her Idaho counterpart today over whose state is better for business. Washington got a better rating in Forbes Magazine for being business-friendly …


  • Governor: Wash. school reform is required

    Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she’ll keep lawmakers in Olympia until they resolve their debate over school reform.


  • Gregoire says special session a possibility

    With lawmakers racing to negotiate a budget and tax package, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday it’s possible she’ll need to call a special session to extend the talks beyond Thursday’s …


  • Otter hopes to woo businesses

    OLYMPIA – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is suggesting Washington businesses come over to his side of the border if taxes go up like they have in Oregon. In a “love …


  • Gregoire approves suspension of anti-tax law

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a measure that will temporarily suspend the tax-limiting constraints placed on lawmakers by voter-approved Initiative 960.


  • Legislature begins reconciling budgets

    OLYMPIA – With just over two weeks remaining in the session, Democrats in both houses of the Washington Legislature released plans Tuesday to cut programs and raise taxes to fill …


  • State’s health fund shrinks

    OLYMPIA – The fund that covers state workers’ health care is strapped for cash because the state cut its premium payments by hundreds of millions of dollars, using that money …


  • Wash. state workers’ health care fund strapped

    OLYMPIA – The fund that covers state workers’ health care is strapped for cash because the state cut its premium payments by hundreds of millions of dollars, using that money …


  • Gregoire lays out tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Washington should tax candy, bottled water and soda, and raise taxes on toxic substances like petroleum as part of a “balanced approach” to the worst economic times in …


  • Gregoire floats taxes on soda, candy, bottled water

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed this afternoon a series of tax increases as part of what she calls a “balanced approach” to the worst economic times in more than …


  • Gregoire to Congress: ‘Get it done’

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and a phalanx of state officials who deal with health care had a message Monday for congressional Democrats who may be wavering on the issue …


  • Gregoire urges Congress to take action on health care

    Gov. Chris Gregoire and a phalanx of state officials who deal with health care tried to send a message to a Congress that may be wavering on the issue in …


  • Gregoire proposes preschool licensing

    OLYMPIA – Washington state should help low-income residents get their children into the preschool of their choice, but the state should also establish standards for facilities that help prepare 3- …


  • Gregoire proposes sentencing changes

    Gov. Chris Gregoire wants sentencing changes for offenders who are mentally ill.


  • Gregoire looks for balance in new budget

    Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


  • Cuts, aid and taxes all part of Gregoire’s budget plan

    Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


  • Gregoire wants to create 40,000 jobs

    Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to combat the state’s high unemployment rate by drawing new businesses to the state and creating up to 40,000 new jobs this year.


  • Washington lawmakers meet, recess ahead of state of the state

    OLYMPIA – Facing a $2.6 billion budget hole and a choice between cutting programs or raising taxes, the Washington Legislature opened Monday with a brief ceremony and repeated references to …


  • Police killings spark call to action

    OLYMPIA – Judges should be able to deny bail to criminal suspects who are thought to be “inherently dangerous” to the public, Gov. Chris Gregoire and representatives of the state’s …


  • McKenna to take felon voting to high court

    OLYMPIA – Washington state wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it has to give felons in prison the right to vote. State Attorney General Rob McKenna said Wednesday …


  • Decade’s local politics had highs and lows, thrills and chills

    Local politics for the Double Zeroes, or whatever one calls the last decade, started with a promise of a new millenium and a broken campaign promise. It ended with lots …


  • Martindale gets $2.5 million loan

    More low-income housing has been earmarked for Spokane. Washington state will lend the Spokane Housing Authority more than $2.5 million to help turn the old Hillyard High School into apartments …


  • Gregoire wants state to shrink carbon footprint

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state government to be carbon-neutral by 2020 and announced Wednesday that the state Department of Ecology would be the first agency to start enacting …


  • Washington state board opposes pardon in ’91 killing

    OLYMPIA – A former Newport, Wash., man should not be pardoned for helping kill his former son-in-law, a state board has recommended. The Clemency and Pardons Board recommended unanimously last …


  • Key Democrats say they oppose some proposed cuts

    Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed all-cuts, no-new-taxes budget – far from a done deal – was described as everything from a good starting point to an unrealistic plan Wednesday in a …


  • Gregoire offers initial budget

    OLYMPIA – Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare …


  • Gregoire: Tax hikes needed to save programs

    Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare and education …


  • Gov. Gregoire eliminates 17 boards and commissions

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has eliminated 17 boards and commissions by executive order and she is asking lawmakers to get rid of 78 other boards.