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  • North Spokane Corridor prospects bleak, legislators say

    OLYMPIA – Don’t get your hopes up for new money to finish the north-south freeway, a group of business, civic and political leaders from Spokane was told Wednesday. The chances …


  • House transportation budget passes

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats passed a two-year, $8.4 billion spending plan for the state’s highways, bridges, ferries and bus systems on Tuesday, overcoming Republican objections about a controversial bridge over …


  • Spin Control: Late-session inanity comes from both sides

    OLYMPIA – As the Legislature passed the halfway mark in the 2013 session last week, some members started to show signs of too much time in the damp, gray environs …


  • Inslee stands by tax pledge

    OLYMPIA – Washington faces a $900 million budget hole through 2015, a slightly smaller one for the Legislature to fill than previously thought, thanks to a slowly recovering economy. Gov.-elect …


  • Washington facing slow recovery

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook barely changed over the last four months as the state’s few bright spots – jobs in aerospace and software – were all but canceled by …


  • Budget cushion sinks

    OLYMPIA – The state’s most likely revenue outlook for the next two years dropped slightly Wednesday as the state’s chief economist revised his projections downward about $183 million because of …


  • Washington state facing deeper cuts

    OLYMPIA – The gap between Washington’s projected state revenues and current expenses grew to about $5.1 billion for the coming biennium, prompting a call from Gov. Chris Gregoire for the …


  • Order puts moratorium on nonessential rules

    OLYMPIA – Washington state agencies will stop making so many rules that affect the daily lives of citizens and businesses under an executive order issued Wednesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. …

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