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  • Innovate Washington loses state funding

    State legislators have eliminated funding for Innovate Washington, an agency created just two years ago by the merger of Sirti and the Washington Technology Center and charged by the Legislature …


  • Governor signs budget in time

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year budget on Sunday, averting a government shutdown that state officials had been planning for in case the new spending plan wasn’t …


  • Legislature passes construction budget on final day

    OLYMPIA – After 153 days, the Washington Legislature decided Saturday it had had enough, even though Gov. Jay Inslee wanted it to do more. In quick succession, the House and …


  • Spin Control: Lessons the Legislature teaches us

    There are things one learns after 153 days watching the Legislature. Well, technically not 153 days of watching, because there were big stretches of time in the 105-day regular session, …


  • Senate passes budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – The state Senate on Saturday approved a budget plan similar to a proposal the chamber passed earlier this year during the regular session, but made some concessions on …


  • House Democrats offer state budget compromise

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered to trim spending and drop many proposals on taxes as part of a compromise they say would allow the Washington Legislature to pass a 2013-15 …


  • Colleges’ tuition plans in limbo

    SEATTLE – Students heading off to college in Washington next fall will have to wait awhile to find out how much tuition they’ll be paying. Since the Legislature went home …


  • Washington budgets remain in limbo

    OLYMPIA – With four days left to pass three multibillion-dollar budgets and make the changes in state law that accompany them, House Democrats on Wednesday pushed through a $900 million …


  • 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 …


  • Spin Control: Readers’ impasse fix: Cut off lawmakers’ pay

    OLYMPIA – The longer the Legislature goes, the more readers call with suggestions on how to make it stop. Last week even featured a candidate for lieutenant governor suggesting that …


  • 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 …


  • Spin Control: Perhaps budget is more pressing, but marriage debate was good

    OLYMPIA – Republican leaders in the Legislature have been uniformly critical of same-sex marriage bills as the proposals worked their way through the two chambers on what can only be …


  • Wash. lawmakers’ ‘short session’ will be dominated by budget

    OLYMPIA – Washington legislators find themselves in familiar territory as they return to the Capitol this week. The General Fund budget they thought they had shored up through a series …


  • Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again

    BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …


  • 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 …


  • State may cut malpractice insurance for volunteer providers

    Among budget cuts Washington state lawmakers are considering is eliminating a program that pays for the malpractice insurance of health care providers who volunteer to treat the poor at free …


  • Wash. state budget goes back to drawing board

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Washington state’s revenues are down, its demand for services is up. The budget won’t balance. The Legislature needs a special session to make …


  • 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 …


  • Budget cushion sinks

    OLYMPIA – The state’s most likely revenue outlook for the next two years dropped slightly Wednesday as the state’s chief economist revised his projections downward about $183 million because of …


  • $32.2 billion operating plan earns bipartisan support

    OLYMPIA – After 135 days of sweating, arguing and compromising over the state’s fiscal problems, the Legislature passed budgets Wednesday to keep state government running for the next two years, …


  • Spin Control: Tax amnesty a windfall, but where’s the outrage?

    OLYMPIA – Business organizations regularly bemoan how little recognition, respect and support they get from the state. But evidence to the contrary was clear last week, when the state announced …


  • Senate’s school cut plan may not add up

    OLYMPIA – School districts around the state might have to “eat” a cut in teacher salaries being proposed by Senate budget writers because they won’t be able to reduce pay, …


  • Spin Control: Let’s kick the canned phrase, lose the chant

    Ping-ponging between the sobering budget hearings and the raucous budget protests of the past week has left me with a desire to get the legislators and demonstrators to the negotiating …


  • House approves two-year state budget

    OLYMPIA – House lawmakers on Saturday approved their version of the next two-year state budget, voting 53-43 in favor of a proposal that would slash $4.4 billion in state spending. …


  • Wash. House budget proposal passes key committee

    A House committee has approved the Democratic majority’s state budget proposal aimed at closing an estimated $5 billion deficit for the next two years.


  • Doug Clark: MAC needs a lesson in greasing commission

    The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has turned to the Spokane County Commission for help, which should tell you just how leaky things are over at our poor, budget-strapped …


  • Legal refugees feel pinch as state assistance declines

    OLYMPIA – For 18 years, Devi Prasai lived in a packed refugee camp after fleeing from ethnic tensions in his native Bhutan. Prasai waited for a chance at a better …

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