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  • UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

    Wary of ‘federal bullying,’ Idaho House kills FBI background check bill

    The Idaho House on Monday killed legislation from the state Department of Labor to allow it to conduct FBI background checks on certain employees, even though the bill sponsor warned …


  • Movement seen in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House on Monday in hopes of continuing to make progress on a plan to deal …


  • Small-bore proposals to help avert fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure the rich may have to pay more in taxes. But a “fiscal cliff” budget deal could mean pain for nearly everyone else, too: higher airline ticket …


  • Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program’s financial problems as it …


  • US poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s poverty rate remained stuck at a record level last year, while household income dropped and the number of people who don’t have health insurance declined. …


  • Washington gets stimulus; $98 million for joblessness costs

    OLYMPIA – The federal government is giving Washington nearly $98 million to help with unemployment insurance costs because of changes the state made to its system. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda …


  • Unemployment insurance changes signed into law

    OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system that will stop tax increases for businesses and temporarily increase benefits for jobless workers were signed Friday as the first completed …


  • Unemployment insurance changes signed into law

    OLYMPIA — Changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system that will stop tax increases for businesses and temporarily increase benefits for jobless workers were signed Friday as the first completed …


  • Senate, House differ on unemployment insurance legislation

    OLYMPIA – A proposed $300 million tax cut for Washington businesses ping-ponged through the Legislature on Friday as one version passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but another version …


  • Business tax cut approved by Washington Senate

    OLYMPIA – A proposed $300 million tax cut for Washington businesses ping-ponged through the Legislature Friday as one version passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but another version was …


  • Senate delays vote on unemployment insurance rate hike

    OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats had to delay a vote Wednesday on a plan to spare businesses from millions in higher unemployment insurance taxes after Republicans said the plan didn’t help …


  • Clock ticks on business break

    OLYMPIA – If the Legislature wants to give businesses a break by cutting unemployment insurance taxes, it needs to do it in the next two weeks, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


  • Caldwell: Governor’s work plan needs quick approval

    While legislators find their seats, Gov. Chris Gregoire remained center stage last week in Olympia, announcing proposals that would restructure education oversight, alter ferry system management, and amend the state’s …


  • Bills would save state’s businesses millions

    Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday said she will ask Washington lawmakers to approve bills that would save businesses and employees $300 million this year and more than $1 billion over …


  • Jobless aid outstrips fund

    BOISE – Idaho has borrowed more than $51 million from the federal government since July 1 to bail out its unemployment insurance trust fund, despite a 70 percent tax rate …


  • More money available for region’s jobless

    Washington and Idaho have notified about 120,000 residents they might be eligible to collect unemployment checks as part of a federal extension for workers who lost their jobs and who …