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  • State asks agencies to prepare for cuts

    OLYMPIA – State agencies will prepare plans to cut their spending by as much as 10 percent as Washington braces for the prospect that the next state economic forecast could …


  • Getting There: Airplane painting business takes flight

    Rod Friese grew up in South Dakota, where out of high school he took a job painting trucks. Within a few years, he got a better job painting airplanes for …


  • State health coverage plan falls flat

    OLYMPIA –Washington’s Health Insurance Partnership to help small businesses and low-wage workers pay for medical coverage was first conceived some four years ago, and got a big boost last September …


  • Spin Control: Study the issues, candidates – like Dick’s vs. Ron’s

    People who want to be elected to statewide office in 2012 are already wandering around the state, announcing their campaigns and trying to establish their bona fides with the good …


  • Gregoire takes reins of Western governors group

    On the same day that Washington eliminated its tourism promotion funding and shut down its state tourism office, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, in her new role as chairwoman of the …


  • Governors focus on guardsmen

    The leaders of several Western states are interested in following Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s lead in tracking National Guard members returning from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, checking on everything …


  • Washington gets stimulus; $98 million for joblessness costs

    OLYMPIA – The federal government is giving Washington nearly $98 million to help with unemployment insurance costs because of changes the state made to its system. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda …


  • Highway 27 from Tekoa to Rockford designated Scenic Byway

    Rockford Mayor Micki Harnois hopes that the new designation of Highway 27 from Rockford to Tekoa as a scenic byway will help boost businesses and tourism in her small south …


  • Aerospace summit set for Seattle

    Seattle will be the site of a summit for aerospace manufacturers and suppliers next March and a Bellingham company will expand to reconfigure planes for an Austrian airline, Gov. Chris …


  • Gregoire, Boeing boss attend Paris Air Show

    Gov. Chris Gregoire is in Paris this week, talking up Boeing at the biennial air show and talking up Washington as a place for the aerospace giant’s next assembly line. …


  • Spin Control: 2012 campaigns threaten to overrun ‘11 elections

    Turning on the television Monday evening created a sudden moment of panic. Had I slept, Rip Van Winkle-like, for months and awoke in January 2012? Seven Republican presidential candidates were …


  • Gregoire: Two’s enough

    OLYMPIA – Chris Gregoire, who became governor of Washington in the midst of controversy and managed the state during some of its greatest economic adversity, said Monday she won’t seek …


  • Editorial: Veto needed to assure voter wishes on audit role

    To save money, the Legislature has chosen to cut an area of government that saves the government money. Confused? So are we. But here’s the story. Washington state Auditor Brian …


  • McKenna kicks off run for governor

    BELLEVUE, Wash. – Attorney General Rob McKenna said he is the best person to become Washington’s next governor, vowing to restore fiscal discipline in Olympia. McKenna officially launched his campaign …


  • Quiet wildfire season expected in NW

    OLYMPIA – The La Niña weather pattern might be responsible for everything from flooding along the Mississippi to violent tornadoes in the South and Midwest. One thing it will be …


  • Workers’ comp gets an overhaul

    OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the next two years. Gov. Chris …


  • Workers’ comp deal reported near to break legislative logjam

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime today on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said Saturday …


  • Legislature grinds toward compromise

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime Sunday on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said this …


  • Gregoire signs transportation budget

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the state’s 2011-’13 transportation budget Monday and issued a warning to the Legislature to hurry up on other spending plans for the next biennium …


  • Workers’ comp becoming a yellow brick road-block

    OLYMPIA – May might be the cruelest month in the state capital. The rain gives way only sporadically to sun breaks, momentarily lifting the gray gloom that shrouds the dome …


  • State skips presidential primary

    OLYMPIA – There will be no presidential primary in Washington state next year. A law signed Thursday cancels the primary mandated by a voter initiative in 1989. That move will …


  • Fees approved for state’s parks, recreation areas

    OLYMPIA – Planning on driving to a state park or recreation area for some fun in the great outdoors after July 1? It’ll cost you. The same for visiting a …


  • Laws ready state for health plan

    OLYMPIA – Washington will stay in the forefront of federal health care reform, and could save as much as $26 billion over the next decade, with a half-dozen bills signed …


  • New bill targets medical pot

    OLYMPIA – With a Senate panel considering a new rewrite of the state’s medical marijuana laws, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she’ll push to get the federal government to change …


  • Spin Control: Tax amnesty a windfall, but where’s the outrage?

    OLYMPIA – Business organizations regularly bemoan how little recognition, respect and support they get from the state. But evidence to the contrary was clear last week, when the state announced …


  • Two names added to state Law Enforcement Memorial

    OLYMPIA – After the bugler sounded taps, the bagpipers finished “Amazing Grace” and the honor guard was dismissed Friday, Marjorie Petersen and Manuel de Encio went to the state Law …


  • Tax amnesty offer nets $321 million

    OLYMPIA – Washington collected $321 million in delinquent taxes from nearly 9,000 businesses through an amnesty program that ended Saturday. The success of the program surprised state officials, who were …


  • Lawmakers turn to AG for advice on medical marijuana bill

    OLYMPIA – A few days after a Democratic governor vetoed most of a new medical marijuana bill, House Democrats are asking her possible Republican replacement for a little help in …


  • Pot bill tamped down

    OLYMPIA – State workers will not be licensing medical marijuana growers or dispensaries, and patients will not be able to sign on to a registry that could save them from …


  • Gregoire vetoes most of marijuana bill

    OLYMPIA – State workers will not be licensing medical marijuana growers or dispensaries, and patients will not be able to sign onto a registry that could save them from arrest. …

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