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  • Editorial: Open up public employee bargaining

    There is no value added in keeping the public in the dark on negotiations that commit the state to huge expenditures.


  • Editorial: Inslee budget right on fires, mental health; wrong on education

    The governor should wait until a work group comes up with another plan to comply with state Supreme Court education rulings.


  • Spin Control: No criminal charges allowed in case of late budget

    The old saying that there’s never a cop around when you need one is particularly true right now in the Capitol, where the Legislature is violating the state budget law …


  • Inslee signs bill allowing WSU med school; funding still in flux

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday that allows Washington State University to launch a new medical school in Spokane. But after he was surrounded by supportive legislators …


  • Marijuana money boosts Washington’s budget

    OLYMPIA – Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that …


  • Washington state revenue forecast exceeding projections

    OLYMPIA – Washington state government has been raising more revenue than initially expected as the economy continues to improve, officials said Wednesday. The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected that …


  • Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session

    OLYMPIA – A new year, a new Legislature, a new administration – and maybe some new ideas to solve some old, familiar problems. That may be the best way to …


  • Reaction lukewarm to Gregoire’s budget ideas

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed two lame-duck budgets Tuesday for her successor and the next Legislature to consider. One cuts programs to stay within the revenue the state expects …


  • Gregoire: School programs will require more taxes

    OLYMPIA — In her last budget proposal as governor, Chris Gregoire offers a budget of cuts and no taxes she labels “simply unacceptable” and another she calls a balanced solution …


  • Gregoire says successor will need to raise taxes

    OLYMPIA — The next governor will have to raise taxes, regardless of what they promise on the campaign trail, Gov. Chris Gregoire predicted today. The budget she proposes for the …


  • Revenue forecast up for biennium

    OLYMPIA – Compared to the last time economists tried to predict Washington’s economic future, in June, the revenue forecast is up just slightly for the rest of this biennium and …


  • Washington facing slow recovery

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook barely changed over the last four months as the state’s few bright spots – jobs in aerospace and software – were all but canceled by …


  • Both sides win issues in hard fought state budget

    OLYMPIA – For almost 91 days the Legislature wrestled with a looming budget problem. For the first 90, it was even odds, at best, whether the Legislature would win. The …


  • Councilwoman seeks to unseat state Senate majority leader

    The Democratic majority leader of the Washington Senate is facing her first reelection challenge by an opponent with a winning campaign history. Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, launched …


  • Lawmakers at budget impasse

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is headed into overtime over its troubled budget, although like most things dealing with spending this year, there are significant disagreements on the whats and whens …


  • Senate budget includes funds for Sally’s

    Funding for the Salvation Army’s Sally’s House, a safe harbor for children who have been abused or neglected, or whose parents have been jailed, was included in a budget passed …


  • Sally’s House serves as children’s haven

    Three-year-old Kate lived in a dog crate in a meth house in Spokane and walked on hands and knees like an animal. Winston lived in a home with no running …


  • Spin Control: Neither side has corner on budget transparency

    OLYMPIA – As the state Senate descended into an extended match of political jujitsu Friday, the word of the night – perhaps the entire legislative session – was “transparency.” It …


  • Washington Senate OKs GOP budget

    OLYMPIA – A $30 billion budget drafted by minority Republicans passed the Senate early Saturday morning after more than nine hours of sometimes contentious debate and parliamentary maneuvering. That spending …


  • Senate Democrats offer state budget

    OLYMPIA – Democrats in control of the state Senate want fewer cuts in key programs than there were in the budgets proposed last year by Gov. Chris Gregoire and earlier …


  • State also faces a deficit of understanding the other guy

    So Kevin Parker said this great thing the other day about the state budget: “We can’t just cut, cut, cut.” My thoughts exactly. Which was not what I expected to …


  • State Senate approves partial budget fix

    OLYMPIA – Realizing it wouldn’t find $2 billion in budget savings in 30 days, the Legislature settled Wednesday on a fourth of that in 17 days, and called it quits …


  • 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, …

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