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  • Spin Control: On state worker salaries, actions speak loudest

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee raised eyebrows – and some blood pressures – among some legislative Republicans and other conservatives last week with comments about state worker salaries on the …


  • Salary grid has coaches cashing the hefty checks

    OLYMPIA – The best-paying state jobs in Washington are still in academia, with the very best in athletics. The annual listing of salaries for all state employees shows once again …


  • Unions called back to table

    OLYMPIA – Washington wants to renegotiate its labor contracts with state workers in the wake of Thursday’s revenue projections that lopped $1.2 billion out of the budget over the next …


  • Many state workers on furlough Monday

    OLYMPIA – Thousands of state employees will start another three-day weekend after this Friday, but this one will not include a paid holiday. Many state departments, commissions and boards are …


  • Washington state furlough law enacted

    OLYMPIA – Thousands of state workers will take 10 days off without pay over the next 14 months under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The new law …


  • GOP’s ‘emergency’ call wouldn’t change much

    OLYMPIA – Republicans have argued for weeks the governor should declare a financial emergency and reopen the contracts with the state employees unions, cutting pay and benefits to help balance …


  • Some of Idaho’s state employees get raises

    More than 800 state employees were given raises this year. That’s about 3 percent of the 25,000 people on the state payroll system. Another 69 have been laid off, 186 …

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