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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • ‘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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Tax, fee plans may induce sticker shock

    OLYMPIA – As Olympia struggles to agree on a major tax plan to send to voters in November, they’re also talking about a lot of small things that will never …


  • Deal close on Washington school-funding overhaul

    OLYMPIA – In an eleventh-hour push, education advocates are calling on lawmakers and the governor to update the decades-old rule that spells out what the state should pay for in …


  • Lawmakers propose sales tax increase

    OLYMPIA – Voters this fall may find themselves asked this question: Would you be willing to pay a slightly higher sales tax if the millions of dollars it raises went …


  • In brief: House backs plan to join popular-vote compact

    Washington could enter a compact with other states to cast its 11 presidential electoral votes for the national popular vote winner, under a measure approved by the Legislature. The House …


  • Wash. Senate OKs bill to restore voting for felons

    The Senate has approved a bill that would let tens of thousands of felons get their voting rights back sooner.

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