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  • Washington Legislature adjourns without budget

    OLYMPIA – For the fourth time in as many years, the Legislature will go into overtime to figure out how to spend the money it collects, and how much it …


  • Gregoire says she’s not finished with public service

    OLYMPIA – Chris Gregoire entered the governor’s office under a cloud of suspicion in 2005 and took control of a state starting to feel the winds of a strengthening economy …


  • Republican finds himself as head of coalition majority

    An evening last March in the state Senate was definitely a milestone for Mark Schoesler, and possibly a foreshadowing. With the help of a few defecting Democrats and a parliamentary …


  • 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 …


  • Relatively rosy state budget forecast expected

    OLYMPIA – Washington might get the most optimistic budget outlook in years today when state economists deliver the latest revenue forecast. The demand for state services may be lower and …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • No agreement on final state budgets

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is expected to adjourn its regular session Friday afternoon without passing final budgets for general operating expenses, transportation or capital projects. It will return, but when …


  • Health care splinters GOP in Washington

    OLYMPIA – Federal health care reform may be among the most controversial issues in the nation. In many ways Washington state could be considered ground zero for that partisan debate. …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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.


  • Former Senate majority leader dies

    WALLA WALLA – Former state Senate Majority Leader Jeannette Hayner has died at the age of 91. The Walla Walla Republican served in the state House of Representatives from 1973-1977 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Wash. lawmakers start special session to pass budget

    The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget.


  • Washington Legislature prepares for special session

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature prepared to go into extra innings Wednesday as consensus on addressing the state’s $2.8 billion budget gap remained elusive and the ability to turn any agreement …


  • Let the annual finger-pointing begin

    OLYMPIA – There are two relatively famous quotes that come to mind as the Legislature rumbles toward opening day Monday. One is the standard axiom that no man’s life, liberty …

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