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State’s budget shortfall might be billions worse

OLYMPIA – Washington officials are bracing for more bad budget news next week, and the only real question seems to be “How bad?” Already expecting a $4.6 billion gap between …


Town hall meetings Saturday

There’s a break in the Washington legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area senators and representatives will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings. The break …


Senate passes measure targeting software piracy

OLYMPIA – The state Senate took a stand against international piracy last week. Not the kind that involves ships being raided off the coast of Somalia, but the kind that …


Suburan growth pushes legislative redistricting

Spokane-area legislative boundaries could change significantly by next year to make up for population shifts from the city’s urban core to the suburbs. While much of the attention so far …


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 …


Lawmakers working on funding options for MAC

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature may find a way to keep the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the state museum in Tacoma open, despite Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal …


State struggling to keep up with education fund

Washington state has to change its popular prepaid college tuition program or risk financial problems down the road, a legislative panel learned Wednesday. The Guaranteed Education Tuition Program could face …


Unemployment insurance changes signed into law

OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system that will stop tax increases for businesses and temporarily increase benefits for jobless workers were signed Friday as the first completed …


Unemployment insurance changes signed into law

OLYMPIA — Changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system that will stop tax increases for businesses and temporarily increase benefits for jobless workers were signed Friday as the first completed …


Senate delays vote on unemployment insurance rate hike

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats had to delay a vote Wednesday on a plan to spare businesses from millions in higher unemployment insurance taxes after Republicans said the plan didn’t help …


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. …


Washington has hefty agenda, but financial concerns top list

Washington’s Legislature starts Monday with a single-mindedness even some of its most senior members have never seen. Across party lines, and between the chambers, among freshmen and veterans, few will …


Illness forces McCaslin to quit state Senate

OLYMPIA – Bob McCaslin, the most senior member of the Washington Legislature, is leaving the Senate seat he’s held for the Spokane Valley for 30 years. In a prepared statement, …


Washington lawmakers balk at cutting safety nets

OLYMPIA – There’s no chance the Legislature will ask voters for a tax increase for anything – except maybe for highways and other transportation projects – legislative leaders said Tuesday. …


McCaslin leaving state Senate, will keep Valley post

State Sen. Bob McCaslin informs Republican leaders he won’t return to Olympia.


Vestal: In Washington, a penny could go a long way

Now can we soak the rich? How about just dampening the hems of their gowns?


Legislature OKs deficit reduction plan in one-day session

OLYMPIA – Washington state lawmakers quickly approved a plan to shrink the state’s $1.1 billion deficit in a one-day special session Saturday, a preview of heavier budget-balancing work that lies …


Gregoire says special session inevitable

Gov. Chris Gregoire said today that a special session to deal with the state’s budget shortfall is inevitable, and she gave lawmakers a Thursday deadline to present her with a …


Democrats re-elect Brown as Senate majority leader

Despite legislative losses in last Tuesday’s election, Lisa Brown was re-elected majority leader by Democrats in the state Senate.


State leaders see tighter coffer, bipartisan tilt

OLYMPIA – Washington politicians who had any doubt the public is in no mood for more taxes should have had that cleared up Tuesday. For the budget struggles ahead next …


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 …


Rossi’s earmark stance questioned

Republican Dino Rossi’s latest television commercial repeats an objection to certain types of federal spending known as earmarks that has become a hallmark of his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. …


Budget plan gets OK

OLYMPIA – Democrats in the Legislature filled a $2.8 billion gap in the state operating budget with an array of new taxes, spending cuts and money from Uncle Sam. Despite …


‘Enough’ Senate votes to pass taxes anticipated

OLYMPIA – State senators are expected to vote sometime today on the same $667.7 million tax package that passed the House of Representatives on Saturday, and vote as well on …


Lawmakers stuck on $200 million

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …


‘Impasse’ endures amid budget talks

OLYMPIA – Most legislators took a couple days of “rolling recess” this week, staying away from the Capitol while their leaders tried to bridge the two opposing views on solving …


McKenna fighting health overhaul

OLYMPIA – Washington’s Republican attorney general will join other states in a lawsuit against the federal health care reform plan, a move its Democratic governor denounced as “not representing the …


Senate OKs sales, business tax hikes

OLYMPIA – The Senate passed increases in state sales and business taxes Friday afternoon, sending a slightly pared-down version of its original tax package to the House, which had rejected …


Washington Legislature’s special session begins

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying to close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget. Legislative leaders said they …