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  • Lawmakers’ deadline arrives with few budget proposals

    OLYMPIA – Warning that every month is critical in solving the state’s looming budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried Monday to prod legislators into suggesting budget cuts more palatable than …


  • Gregoire still waiting for alternative spending plans

    Warning that every month is critical in solving the state’s looming budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried Monday to prod legislators into suggesting budget cuts more palatable than hers.


  • Letter details targeted cuts to Medicaid services

    Thousands of Washington’s poorest residents will receive a letter early next month informing them that they will lose health care services in the coming year as the state cuts Medicaid …


  • State targets wildlife budgets

    OLYMPIA – Some fishing and hunting opportunities are almost certain to decline as Washington’s state budget woes continue. Even though wildlife officials have drafted a blueprint for the first across-the-board …


  • Airway Heights prison to lose about 45 jobs

    Cuts at Washington state prisons will eliminate about 45 jobs at Airway Heights Corrections Center and could cancel a rehabilitative program designed to prepare inmates for re-entry to society. “It’s …


  • GOP gains mean more of the same at Idaho Statehouse

    BOISE – While much of the nation endorsed a sharp change in political direction Tuesday, Idaho went its own way – the same way it’s headed for the past four …


  • 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 …


  • Care oversight office loses funding

    The future of the state office charged with protecting the rights of residents of nursing homes and assisted-living centers is in doubt after officials learned it will lose a third …


  • College presidents plead for state funding

    SEATTLE – The Legislature doesn’t get back to work for about three months, but leaders of Washington’s public colleges and universities began their fight for a share of dwindling state …


  • Furlough day for many Washington state employees

    While Columbus Day is a holiday for federal workers, Monday is an unpaid furlough day for tens of thousands of Washington state employees at dozens of agencies.


  • 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. …


  • Many Washington agencies closed today

    Thousands of Washington state employees are having an extended Labor Day weekend with an unpaid day off today.


  • Furloughs on Tuesday will close many offices

    Many state offices will be closed Tuesday as workers for most agencies and departments go on a one-day unpaid furlough, the third this year. Thousands of state workers, from the …


  • Welfare advocates protest state program cuts

    OLYMPIA – Welfare advocates met with Washington officials Wednesday to protest state assistance cuts ordered by Gov. Chris Gregoire, saying it makes little sense to trim support for parents when …


  • Forum will hear budget ideas today

    Got a thought on how to help solve the state’s budget woes? Today is your chance in Eastern Washington. That’s when the Office of Financial Management brings its road show …


  • Governor may call special legislative session

    Gov. Chris Gregoire says if $480 million in Medicaid matching money doesn’t come from the federal government by Aug. 9 she’ll have to consider a special session of the Legislature …


  • Wash. governor launches website seeking budget ideas

    Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state residents to sound off online with ideas on the state budget. Gregoire announced Monday the launch of a website that allows people to suggest, …


  • 2 Wash. agencies to close for one day on July 6

    Two state agencies will close for one day next week because of state budget cuts. The superintendent of public instruction’s office and the Department of Retirement Systems will both be …


  • Tax hikes balancing budget in weak economy

    Washington’s economy is slowly getting better, but tax hikes are mainly keeping state budget out of the red through mid 2013.


  • Washington state counts on Medicaid boost

    OLYMPIA – Washington may need another special session of the Legislature if Congress doesn’t come through with some $480 million in higher payments for Medicaid, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday. …


  • Gregoire: Second special session may be needed

    OLYMPIA — Washington may need another special session of the Legislature if Congress doesn’t come through with some $480 million in higher payments for Medicaid, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday. …


  • Town hall meetings set for Washington state budget

    OLYMPIA – With the state facing a possible shortfall of $2 billion in the next budget cycle, the governor’s office will hold town hall meetings around the state on the …


  • List reveals taxman’s discerning sweet tooth

    OLYMPIA – Tax protesters with a sweet tooth, rejoice. Even after the sales tax hits candy on June 1, you’ll still find plenty of sweet treats that are tax-free. But …


  • Gregoire signs new state budget into law

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.


  • Gregoire signs package of tax hikes

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer goods …


  • Washington tax may send smokers east

    Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. The higher state taxes – which brings the total on every pack to $3 …


  • Fixed menu for budget might leave a bad taste

    OLYMPIA – When talking about the Legislature, it’s easy to get wrapped up in parliamentary details and arcane political jargon. To avoid that, here’s a simple way to look at …


  • Wash. high court: Can’t order governor to pay unions

    The state Supreme Court says it can’t force the governor to include a public employee union’s pay raises in the state budget.


  • Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


  • Olympia budget gridlock still unsolved

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature’s special session could continue through next weekend. House members, who had much of the week off but returned Friday to vote on a few bills, …

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