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  • House Democrats offer state budget compromise

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered to trim spending and drop many proposals on taxes as part of a compromise they say would allow the Washington Legislature to pass a 2013-15 …


  • Collapse could motivate Legislature to pass projects

    OLYMPIA – The collapse of a section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River could spur the Legislature into action on the much-debated transportation package with its increased …


  • House budget plan passes along largely partisan lines

    OLYMPIA – The House passed a $34.2 billion budget Friday that would add money to public schools and assumes a jump in some taxes on businesses and consumers. In a …


  • House Democrats pass budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – Admitting it’s not the final solution to the state’s fiscal problem but a way to “move the process forward,” House Democrats passed and sent to the Senate a …


  • Proposed budget avoids tax hike

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered a budget plan that doesn’t call for a state tax increase and doesn’t make some of the cuts to public schools and state services Gov. …


  • House GOP releases its budget

    OLYMPIA – For several years, Republicans in the Washington House of Representatives have complained they have essentially been shut out of the budgeting process by majority Democrats. Friday, they stole …


  • GOP proposes ‘Education First’

    OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of the budgeting process in a session in which that was supposed to be the main …


  • Brown: Budget goals out of reach

    OLYMPIA – Legislators will try to fill some of Washington’s looming budget gap next week but won’t come close to the $2 billion in cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed last …


  • Democrat plan prevails

    OLYMPIA – As several hundred protesters chanted about corporate greed and demanded tax increases, House budget writers gathered to decide which of two plans they would endorse to cut billions …


  • Senate, House leaders OK cutting $242 million by June 30; full Senate to vote today

    OLYMPIA – A budget agreement that cuts an estimated $242 million in projected state spending between now and June 30 but preserves some health and welfare programs targeted for elimination …


  • Governor lays out plan to erase red

    OLYMPIA – The state could balance its books through the end of June by cutting more funds for schoolchildren, dropping payments to small school districts, eliminating some health care programs …

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