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  • TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2009

    Wood says he’ll retire at end of seventh term

    State Rep. Alex Wood will retire after next year, the seven-term legislator told a group of Democrats on Monday. Wood, who will turn 64 next month, hinted during last year’s …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009, 12:08 P.M.

    Wash. budget gap zooms to $2.6B through mid-2011

    Tax increases probably can’t be avoided as the state tries to patch a budget deficit that’s ballooned to about $2.6 billion, top Democratic lawmakers said Thursday.


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 2009, 1:09 P.M.

    Wash. budget short about $2B through mid-2011

    Higher costs for government services have driven the state’s projected budget shortfall to about $2 billion, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget office said Friday.


  • MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009

    State lawmakers keep it local

    OLYMPIA – Last year, in his bid to win a seat in the Statehouse, Spokane-area coffee entrepreneur Kevin Parker knocked on nearly 22,000 doors. It worked. In a difficult year …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009, 1 A.M.

    Washington counting on boost in liquor sales

    OLYMPIA – It’s as predictable as a hangover: In hard economic times, governments reach for the hard stuff, jacking up liquor taxes and loosening “blue laws” to siphon money from …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009

    State raising rates on health coverage

    OLYMPIA – State health officials said Monday they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of thousands …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009

    Gregoire signs budget that slashes spending

    OLYMPIA – Calling it a “necessary evil,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday signed the nearly 3-inch-thick state budget, cutting billions of dollars in planned state spending over the next two …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009, 3:31 P.M.

    No Wash. special legislative session

    Gov. Chris Gregoire will not call a special legislative session for lawmakers to finish their last few bits of work on the state budget, officials said Thursday.


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

    Gregoire ‘convinced’ special session needed

    OLYMPIA – With tens of millions of dollars for school districts hanging in the balance, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she plans to call lawmakers back to Olympia in May …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009

    Session about more than budget woes

    OLYMPIA – All eyes were on state spending in Olympia this year, as lawmakers wrestled with their greatest budget problem in decades. But it’s not all that Washington lawmakers did. …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

    Gregoire to call lawmakers back

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday night, ending …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

    Our View: City workers’ pay ought not be immune to recession

    ‘No one was spared the pain.” Those words were spoken by Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, as the Washington Legislature skidded to the adjournment of its regular session.


  • MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009, 7 A.M.

    Gregoire intends to call special session

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday that she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish up budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday …


  • MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

    ‘Brutal’ session comes to close

    OLYMPIA – Lawmakers were on track late Sunday to end a grueling legislative session that saw two lawmakers hospitalized and left the state facing $4 billion in cuts to schools, …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

    House adds fee to barrels of oil

    OLYMPIA – In a controversial move that could increase prices at the gas pump, House lawmakers on Saturday voted to add a $1.50 fee to every barrel of oil brought …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

    State construction projects nearly set

    OLYMPIA – Washington legislators are very close to approving tens of millions of dollars in new buildings and other work in the Spokane region. The capital budget, which was expected …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

    State budget sent to governor

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature approved a two-year budget late Saturday, with Democrats and Republicans arguing into the night over a blueprint that would whack $4 billion from education, health care …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009, 11 A.M.

    Wash. lawmaker has heart attack at capitol

    After a slew of late-night debates, a state lawmaker from Wenatchee had a heart attack at the capitol Wednesday night.


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

    Dems’ budget slashes education, social services, health care

    OLYMPIA – After days of last-minute, late-night negotiations, Democratic budget writers in Olympia agreed Wednesday on a state budget with about $4 billion in cuts to schools, higher education, social …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

    Eye on Olympia: Education reform pits PTA, WEA

    OLYMPIA – In a legislative session with more than its share of surprises, one of the biggest has been the heated battle between school advocates over proposed reforms. On one …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

    Washington tuition bill closer

    OLYMPIA – Washington students could pay more for a college diploma under a bill approved by the state House on Wednesday. The measure, approved on a 50-47 vote, removes the …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

    Law protects mothers’ right to nurse in public

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law Wednesday that declares that the civil right of a mother to breast-feed her child in public places is protected by Washington’s antidiscrimination …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009, 8:30 P.M.

    Lawmakers reach budget-cutting deal

    After days of last-minute, late-night negotiations, Democratic budget writers in Olympia greed Wednesday on a state budget with about $4 billion in cuts to schools, higher education, social services, health …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009, 7:25 P.M.

    Tattoo and body piercing parlors soon could be regulated

    The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure that requires body piercers and tattooers to be licensed by the state. The measure now heads to Gov. Chris Gregoire.


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009, 1:03 P.M.

    New Washington law: Breastfeeding is a civil right

    Breastfeeding in public places will soon be considered a civil right in Washington, where lawmakers and Gov. Chris Gregoire just added breastfeeding to the things protected by the state’s anti-discrimination …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009

    Bill would benefit University District

    OLYMPIA – Spokane’s University District and the area between Pullman and Moscow stand to get millions of dollars in improvements under a bill lawmakers approved Monday. Senate Bill 5045 now …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009

    Washington drivers may be asked for parks funds

    OLYMPIA – In a move designed to stave off the closure of dozens of state parks, the state House voted Monday to ask motorists to pay an extra $5 a …


  • MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009, 4:49 P.M.

    Lawmakers OK bill funding U District improvements

    OLYMPIA – Spokane’s University District and the area between Pullman and Moscow stand to get millions of dollars in improvements under a bill lawmakers approved Monday.


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009

    Sales-tax increase could reach ballot

    OLYMPIA – Dozens of health care workers and advocates for the poor Friday urged state lawmakers to push ahead with a proposed $1 billion sales-tax increase over the next three …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009, 9:14 A.M.

    Health care groups push for sales-tax hike

    Health care groups and advocates for low-income families are hoping lawmakers will ask voters to raise sales taxes.


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