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  • Gregoire to explore tax hikes in budget

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire will definitely propose a tax package to avoid the deepest cuts in state spending needed to fill a $2.6 billion state budget deficit. The only …


  • Washington won’t take parolees from Arkansas

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday the state won’t accept any more parolees from Arkansas until she’s assured of a better system for sending them back.


  • Gregoire considers 4-minute Keno games

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is “seriously considering” legislation that would allow four-minute Keno games as a way to help deal with a projected $2.6 billion budget shortfall.


  • Wash. budget short about $2B through mid-2011

    Higher costs for government services have driven the state’s projected budget shortfall to about $2 billion, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget office said Friday.


  • Gregoire wants more timely election results

    Gov. Chris Gregoire cited Seattle’s drawn-out mayoral race Monday as the most recent example of why the state needs an earlier deadline for mail-in ballots.


  • Gregoire addresses Boeing fray

    Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she talks daily with Boeing Co. and International Association of Machinists officials, but she remained mum about her efforts to ease the tension between the …


  • Gregoire says she’s on top of Boeing dispute

    Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she talks daily with Boeing Co. and International Association of Machinists officials, but she remained mum about her efforts to ease the tension between the …


  • Editorial: Washington puts its best bid forward to Boeing

    When Boeing spent $580 million in July to buy a South Carolina plant that makes parts for its 787 Dreamliner, quiet desperation spread throughout the state. Is this where the …


  • Flags lowered for Bellevue soldier

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered that flags at state agencies be flown at half-staff on Thursday in memory of a Bellevue soldier killed in Afghanistan.


  • Editorial: Fair escape is no reason to change longtime law

    Legal scholars say the practice of claiming insanity as a defense against criminal charges is as old as ancient Greece. It matured under centuries of English common law, and the …


  • Gregoire makes case for new Boeing assembly line

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is stepping up public efforts to court the Boeing Co., part of a high-stakes interstate competition for the second assembly line of the company’s long-delayed …


  • Hanford gets new timeline

    RICHLAND – Washington state and federal officials announced a court-enforceable schedule Tuesday for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, ending more than two years of negotiations that followed …


  • Gregoire orders deeper cutting

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire is ordering state agencies to cut their payrolls by another 2 percent, after a state forecaster Thursday whacked revenue projections by nearly $500 million. “You …


  • Wash. revenues down nearly $500 million; governor orders cuts

    Gov. Chris Gregoire is ordering state agencies to cut their payrolls by another 2 percent, after a state forecaster on Thursday whacked revenue projections by nearly $500 million.


  • Our View: Early-learning veto hurts neediest kids the most

    It’s one thing to eliminate a proposed item because the budget needs cutting, but that’s not the reason Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire gave for her surprising veto of the early …


  • Governor signs school reform plan

    SEATTLE – A plan to overhaul Washington’s K-12 education system was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire, but she vetoed parts of the measure focusing on preschool and …


  • Gregoire signs budget that slashes spending

    OLYMPIA – Calling it a “necessary evil,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday signed the nearly 3-inch-thick state budget, cutting billions of dollars in planned state spending over the next two …


  • Gregoire to remove illegal immigrant inmates

    SEATTLE – Gov. Chris Gregoire is moving forward with clearing Washington prisons of illegal immigrants to save money, but at what may be a slower rate than originally planned after …


  • Gregoire signs new $35B state budget

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has put the finishing touches on the recently concluded legislative session by signing into law a $35 billion, two-year state budget.


  • Gregoire endorses expansion of domestic-partner rights

    SEATTLE – In a victory for same-sex partners – and a starting gun for social conservatives intent on a repeal – Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday signed into law a …


  • Law extends time limit for Spokane River cleanup

    OLYMPIA – A new law will relax the deadline for cleaning up the Spokane River and other waterways, allowing more time for some measures to take effect. Without the change, …


  • Gregoire ‘convinced’ special session needed

    OLYMPIA – With tens of millions of dollars for school districts hanging in the balance, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she plans to call lawmakers back to Olympia in May …


  • Gregoire: No known cases still in Washington

    OLYMPIA – There are no known cases of swine flu in Washington, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday, as health officials elsewhere confirmed dozens of cases – including one toddler death …


  • State budget sent to governor

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature approved a two-year budget late Saturday, with Democrats and Republicans arguing into the night over a blueprint that would whack $4 billion from education, health care …


  • Senate passes budget

    OLYMPIA — Washington’s Legislature granted final approval to a grim two-year budget late Saturday, with Democrats and Republicans arguing into the night over a spending blueprint that would whack $4 …


  • Tax, fee plans may induce sticker shock

    OLYMPIA – As Olympia struggles to agree on a major tax plan to send to voters in November, they’re also talking about a lot of small things that will never …


  • In brief: House backs plan to join popular-vote compact

    Washington could enter a compact with other states to cast its 11 presidential electoral votes for the national popular vote winner, under a measure approved by the Legislature. The House …


  • Gregoire task force would pursue jobs

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants a new task force to keep Washington in the hunt for future Boeing Co. jobs, but she isn’t yet calling for additional tax breaks …


  • Gregoire proposes tuition spike

    OLYMPIA – Saying that the state cannot dismantle its colleges and expect to emerge from the recession strong, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday proposed letting the state’s four-year schools hike …


  • Lawsuit prompts delay in Medicaid rate cuts

    A federal judge has temporarily blocked Washington state’s plan to reduce how much it pays for brand-name drugs prescribed to Medicaid patients. The state hopes to achieve $109 million in …