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  • Washington Senate panel OKs education-funding plan

    Washington’s Senate Education Committee has passed an alternative plan for fixing the way the state pays for public schools.


  • Washington state revenue forecast exceeding projections

    OLYMPIA – Washington state government has been raising more revenue than initially expected as the economy continues to improve, officials said Wednesday. The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected that …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Gregoire urges changes in pensions, insurance

    OLYMPIA – The state should cut off automatic pension increases to some state retirees and keep others from retiring and being rehired for their old jobs, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


  • $1.2 billion shortfall looms for Washington

    OLYMPIA – The state is still being buffeted by the “Great Recession” and will have about $1.2 billion less than previously expected through mid-2013, Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist …


  • Press corps needs tax details

    OLYMPIA – With the legislative session half over today, lawmakers continue to be largely mum about whatever major budget cuts or tax increases they’re considering. That’s drawn an unusual outcry …


  • Gregoire pushing deep cuts over tax increases

    Sticking to her campaign pledge, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday unveiled a no-new-taxes budget plan that would fix a nearly $6 billion deficit by whacking spending, suspending voter initiatives and …

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