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  • Education, mental health are top priorities in House budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – Washington would spend an extra $1.4 billion on public schools, increase money for mental health programs and give raises to teachers and state workers, under a two-year budget …


  • Obama to propose tax rate changes

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union speech Tuesday to propose hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases on the wealthy, and to urge …


  • Eyman, Fagans want public vote on tax hikes

    OLYMPIA – Unable to ask voters again to approve an initiative that requires a supermajority for tax increases, a group of self-described tax fighters will try to prod the Legislature …


  • Schools, taxes top Inslee proposal

    OLYMPIA – Temporary tax increases on beer and some business services should be made permanent, and a variety of existing tax breaks should be eliminated to raise an extra $1.2 …


  • Inslee wants coal ports, trains studied

    OLYMPIA – State and federal agencies studying potential impacts of a new coal terminal near Bellingham must consider the increased train traffic in Spokane and other cities around the state, …


  • New vote may be needed on tuition hikes

    An informal opinion from the Washington attorney general’s office says lawmakers may need to take another vote on whether the state’s public universities can set their own tuition rates.


  • Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

    WASHINGTON — While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up …


  • Obama wants Medicare changes, tax increases

    Forcefully rejecting Republican budget-cutting plans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed lowering the nation’s future deficits by $4 trillion over a dozen years and vowed he would not allow benefit …


  • ‘Impasse’ endures amid budget talks

    OLYMPIA – Most legislators took a couple days of “rolling recess” this week, staying away from the Capitol while their leaders tried to bridge the two opposing views on solving …


  • Gregoire lays out tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Washington should tax candy, bottled water and soda, and raise taxes on toxic substances like petroleum as part of a “balanced approach” to the worst economic times in …


  • Senators wrangle into night on I-960

    OLYMPIA – The Senate was forced to work late into the night to fix a self-inflicted problem in the Democrats’ key bill thus far this legislative session. After voting Tuesday …


  • Panel OKs tax increase reform

    OLYMPIA – A plan that would make it easier to raise taxes cleared a key Senate panel Monday and is ready for its first full floor debate. Republicans on the …


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