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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 9:44 a.m.

Mead schools, teachers union reach tentative contract; legislator calls for state intervention in strikes

Mead School District officials and the district’s teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement, with union members scheduled to vote on it Monday evening.


Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling could boost Washington budget

Washington could get a boost in tax revenues worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a new Supreme Court ruling on collecting sales taxes from online purchases.


Legislature needs special session to make schools safer, senator says

Senate leader calls for special legislative session to improve school safety.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Senate budget has tax break, money for schools

Senate Democrats propose a budget with more money for schools, tax break for property owners


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

Lawmakers’ expenses for Washington’s special sessions topped $445,000

The Legislature’s three special sessions prompted legislators to file per diem claims for more than $445,000 in expenses. But the amount claimed varies widely.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

Wife of senator on military duty set to fill in for him

Republican Sen. John Braun’s wife will be sworn in as a temporary senator to fill in for him while he’s on military training for the U.S. Navy Reserve.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam

Some $114 million in state construction projects for the Spokane area, including a new science building on the Eastern Washington University campus, are in jeopardy this week as the Legislature …


Inslee vetoes manufacturers’ tax break connected to budget

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes a tax break for many Washington manufacturing companies that would give them the same low rate as Boeing. Senate Republicans say that’s going back on budget …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Revenue forecast bump provides little help for budget stalemate

Washington’s economic forecast calls for an extra $87 million for the next two years, but that may not be much of help at breaking the logjam over the state’s 2017-19 …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Dispute over tax vote stalling Washington 2017-19 budget talks

Argument over the conditions for the start of serious budget negotiations makes a special session increasingly likely.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

State revenue inches up but impact on Washington budget debated

State tax revenue up slightly but budget writers don’t agree on what that means for taxes and spending overall.


Will Washington schools get $1.75 billion more in 2018? Panel split.

Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.


New budget proposal released on day 1 of special session

The morning after the Legislature is called into special session and Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes 27 bills, Senate Republicans release a new budget proposal.


Washington budget talks likely to take second special session

OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them …