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No real winners, but some didn’t lose as much

OLYMPIA – Most years when the Legislature goes home, the winners and losers are pretty obvious. You count the scars and tote up the pork. This year, everyone has scars …


Taxes: Late drop-off locations and what to do if you can’t pay

The IRS will make you an offer, and it’s one you shouldn’t refuse. If you owe taxes, but don’t have the money to pay the bill by tomorrow’s deadline, you’ll …


Federal tax returns due at midnight

Tax returns, and any taxes owed, must be filed online or postmarked by today in order to avoid steep tax penalties.


Late maneuvers cap debate-filled session

OLYMPIA – By the time the Legislature wrapped up 90 days of heated and sometimes confusing debate over taxes and spending early Tuesday, it had raised taxes on a wide …


Eyman files rollback initiatives on newly passed taxes

Initiative activist Tim Eyman wants voters to roll back several of the tax increases that were just approved by the state Legislature.


Washington House OKs tax plan

OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …


House approves tax plan

OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to …


Gregoire: ‘Time’s up’ on session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns today with time running out in its special session and only two options to fix its unbalanced budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday: Pass an …


Verner says new taxes not an option

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner says she’s not considering new taxes to bail the city out of its $10 million hole for 2011. City leaders will present a preliminary budget plan …


State sales tax won’t rise

OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a deal Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …


Legislature nearing deal on tax package

OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a “deal” Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …


Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


Olympia budget gridlock still unsolved

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature’s special session could continue through next weekend. House members, who had much of the week off but returned Friday to vote on a few bills, …


Phone tax will fund 911 system

OLYMPIA – Washington residents are likely to pay an extra 25 cents a month next year for every phone line they have, whether it’s a land line, a cell phone …


Studded-tire tax is a non-starter

It is a measure of the political force field surrounding studded tires that in this, the bleakest of times for state budgets, no one is trying to slap a tax …


Lawmakers wrestling over final $200 million

OLYMPIA – Much of this year’s legislative time has been devoted to a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, but the special session is essentially locked up over …


Obama signs revamped student loan law

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed into law the last piece of his mammoth plan to overhaul health care Tuesday and, with the same pen strokes, achieved a dramatic and …


Lawmakers stuck on $200 million

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …


Legislative tax agreement still ‘a few days’ off

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …


Panel to tackle state tax impasse

OLYMPIA – In an effort to break a logjam over which taxes to raise, the Washington Legislature will set up a conference committee with three members from each chamber to …


Special Wash. legislative panel to seek tax compromise

State Senate rejects House tax plan, agrees to conference committee.


Gregoire warns of 20 percent cuts if budget stalls

Gov. Chris Gregoire warned Wednesday that she could be forced to make across-the-board cuts of 20 percent if the Legislature doesn’t come up with a budget-balancing agreement. Gregoire expressed frustration …


‘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 …


House passes revised budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


House drops sales tax from budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


Senate OKs sales, business tax hikes

OLYMPIA – The Senate passed increases in state sales and business taxes Friday afternoon, sending a slightly pared-down version of its original tax package to the House, which had rejected …


Idaho lawmakers ponder taxing online sales

BOISE – Two lawmakers from the same North Idaho district are at opposite ends of a legislative battle over taxing Internet sales, which Idahoans already are required by law to …


Gregoire says her state’s best for business

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire jabbed back at her Idaho counterpart Tuesday over whose state is better for business. Washington got a better rating in Forbes Magazine for being business-friendly …


Gregoire spurns Otter’s ‘love letter’

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire jabbed back at her Idaho counterpart today over whose state is better for business. Washington got a better rating in Forbes Magazine for being business-friendly …


Washington lawmakers negotiate as session ticks away

OLYMPIA — (AP) The Washington House has approved a $680 million tax package that would shrink tax exemptions, collect more money from smokers and service businesses, and extend the sales …