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  • Budget impasse testing tempers

    OLYMPIA – With no budget agreement and time running out in an extended session, tensions boiled over Friday evening as Senate leaders of both parties accused the other side of …


  • Deal on state budget remains elusive

    OLYMPIA – With less than a week remaining in a special session designed to solve a billion-dollar budget problem, House Democrats pushed out a new state spending proposal and a …


  • Senate GOP unveils new budget plan

    OLYMPIA – For the first three days of Washington’s special session, everything involving the state’s troubled budget was done behind closed doors. That went by the wayside Thursday. Senate Republicans …


  • Gregoire proposes oil fee

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s roads, bridges and ferries need billions of dollars in maintenance that the state doesn’t have, Gov. Chris Gregoire said. To help fix that, she wants the Legislature …


  • ‘Dreadful’ budget cuts loom

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire released a list Thursday of possible choices to slash $2 billion from the state budget, more than a fourth of that total from public schools …


  • 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 …


  • Don’t release ‘worst of the worst,’ prison officials beg

    OLYMPIA – A legislative proposal to release some inmates a few months early as a budget-saving measure is a bad idea, Washington prison officials warned Thursday. The state already ordered …


  • Senate outlines big cuts

    OLYMPIA – Senate spending plans for the next two years propose cuts for public schools, colleges, health care and social service programs. College tuition would be higher, paychecks to state …


  • Senate proposes spending less, cutting more

    OLYMPIA – Senate spending plans for the next two years propose cuts for public schools, colleges, health care and social service programs. College tuition would be higher, paychecks to state …


  • 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 …


  • Editorial: Derailed Senate bill would help Washington Legislature rebuild trust

    If the term “transparency” is getting a little shopworn in political parlance, maybe that’s because it’s heard so much yet demonstrated too little. The Washington Legislature could reverse that pattern, …


  • Gregoire’s optimism met with caution

    OLYMPIA – Amid the tension of a state budget some $4.6 billion out of whack and proposals to cut programs for some of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable, Gov. …


  • Gregoire calls for bold approach to financial crisis

    OLYMPIA – Amid the tension of a state budget some $4.6 billion out of whack and proposals to cut programs for some of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable, Gov. …


  • Gregoire’s budget lays out harsh cuts

    OLYMPIA – Saying the state faces an economic crisis that requires deep cuts and government restructuring, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday proposed eliminating some state programs for schools and some …


  • Gregoire budget slashes social programs, schools

    Saying the state faces an economic crisis, Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing deep cuts in some of the state programs for schools and the poor.


  • $1.2 billion shortfall looms for Washington

    OLYMPIA – The state is still being buffeted by the “Great Recession” and will have about $1.2 billion less than previously expected through mid-2013, Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist …


  • Final decision on state cuts, layoffs to come by Oct. 1

    State health care programs could shrink or disappear in the coming months, at least one state prison could close and college classes could be more crowded next semester as state …


  • Gregoire signs budget bill

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a new spending plan Tuesday designed to close an estimated $2.8 billion gap in the state’s operating budget with what she called a “fair …


  • Senators spar over tax hike package

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


  • Senate delays vote on tax plan

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


  • Senate panel OKs tax hike

    OLYMPIA – Despite warnings of wrath from voters in November, Senate Democrats moved a step closer to a vote on some $890 million in tax increases to fix the state’s …


  • Governor signs I-960 suspension

    OLYMPIA – There was no drama, but plenty of theatrics, as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Wednesday making it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes. Gregoire signed a …

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