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  • Gregoire to seek half-cent sales tax hike

    OLYMPIA — Voters could be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase next March to help replace some of the $1.7 billion in cuts the Legislature will be asked …


  • Shadle students discuss budget with Gregoire

    If Chris Gregoire gets tired of being Washington’s governor, she might have a future as a Shadle Park High School economics teacher. She might, anyway, if the state weren’t making …


  • State wants employees to pay more for health care

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state employees to pay more for their health insurance, and is asking union leaders to reopen labor contracts. Their initial response: Not unless businesses …


  • Gregoire to set special session

    CLE ELUM, Wash. – The state’s economic outlook is likely to get worse in the next two months. Until she knows how much worse, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she …


  • State economist cites ‘sinking feeling of pessimism’

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook for the next two years has gone from cautiously optimistic to “a sinking feeling of pessimism,” the state’s chief economist said Thursday. “The risk of …


  • Pessimism darkening Washington’s economic forecast

    Washington’s economic outlook for the next two years has gone from cautiously optimistic to “a sinking feeling of pessimism,” the state’s chief economist said Thursday.


  • Gregoire: Two’s enough

    OLYMPIA – Chris Gregoire, who became governor of Washington in the midst of controversy and managed the state during some of its greatest economic adversity, said Monday she won’t seek …


  • Deal cuts hours, pay for state workers

    OLYMPIA – Union leaders for state workers have agreed tentatively to cuts in wages and increases in health premiums for the next two years. Union officials and Gov. Chris Gregoire, …


  • Gregoire beefs up collection force for business taxes

    OLYMPIA – Facing revenue shortfalls for the next 30 months, Washington state is making changes in its tax collecting agency to go after businesses that aren’t paying what they owe, …


  • 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. …