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  • Gregoire: Toss budget plan

    OLYMPIA – Washington state faces a shortfall of $3 billion in the next biennium and has to come up with a new way of writing budgets, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


  • Editorial: Convening lawmakers again should be last option

    Before Gov. Chris Gregoire calls the Washington Legislature back to Olympia for another special session, she should reflect on what happened in the first one. Unable to fix the state’s …


  • Gregoire signs new state budget into law

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.


  • 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 …


  • Gregoire looks for balance in new budget

    Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


  • No Washington agency safe from budget knife

    OLYMPIA – For the casual observer, it may help to regard the Legislature as theater. Some days it’s a comedy, some days it’s a tragedy, but there’s always a big …


  • Eyeglasses program has blurry prognosis

    Looming Washington state budget cuts could erase a program that puts eyeglasses on 69,000 poor people. It’s among the stark choices legislators face this month when they convene in Olympia …


  • Editorial: Audits give budgeters useful facts to work with

    Contrary to what you’ll hear out of Olympia, fixing Washington state’s budget problems will be easy. There are thousands of easy ways to do it and no shortage of Washingtonians …


  • Gregoire offers initial budget

    OLYMPIA – Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare …


  • Gregoire to explore tax hikes in budget

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire will definitely propose a tax package to avoid the deepest cuts in state spending needed to fill a $2.6 billion state budget deficit. The only …


  • Gregoire considers 4-minute Keno games

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is “seriously considering” legislation that would allow four-minute Keno games as a way to help deal with a projected $2.6 billion budget shortfall.


  • Editorial: Washington should hurry and carve up state budget

    The state of Washington is about to become leaner and meaner. The goal is to avoid being just plain mean. It won’t be easy, because the revenue picture is darkening …


  • Agencies told to outline duties

    Washington state agencies have been ordered to compile a list of their tasks – and whether they’re required by federal law or the state constitution – in preparation for budget …


  • Care facilities face cuts

    Lakeland Village, the residential facility for the developmentally disabled at Medical Lake, would be phased out in eight years for all but the most acute-care patients under a cost-cutting plan …


  • Slow recovery forecast for state

    OLYMPIA – The good news for the state is that the recession is pretty much over. The bad news: It won’t seem like the recession is over until the middle …


  • Ruling hits state budget

    OLYMPIA – More bad news for the state budget: A lawsuit the state lost recently over a portion of the business and occupation tax could cut another $237 million out …


  • Some released Wash. prisoners getting free rent

    OLYMPIA — Some felons who have earned early release from prison are getting a few months of subsidized rent from Washington taxpayers, a new cost-cutting move expected to save the …


  • Fiscal year starts with fresh cuts

    OLYMPIA – Happy New Year. New fiscal year, that is. Wednesday marked the first day of Washington’s fiscal year, triggering a broad slate of budget cuts that state lawmakers approved …


  • Gregoire orders deeper cutting

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire is ordering state agencies to cut their payrolls by another 2 percent, after a state forecaster Thursday whacked revenue projections by nearly $500 million. “You …


  • Wash. revenues down nearly $500 million; governor orders cuts

    Gov. Chris Gregoire is ordering state agencies to cut their payrolls by another 2 percent, after a state forecaster on Thursday whacked revenue projections by nearly $500 million.


  • Economic forecast partly sunny

    OLYMPIA – This morning at the Capitol, state economist Arun Raha will offer up his latest economic weather forecast, predicting how the state will fare over the next two years. …


  • State workers shun furloughs

    OLYMPIA — Employees of states from Hawaii to Wisconsin have been asked to take time off without pay. Yet while Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says state workers are interested in …


  • Our View: Early-learning veto hurts neediest kids the most

    It’s one thing to eliminate a proposed item because the budget needs cutting, but that’s not the reason Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire gave for her surprising veto of the early …


  • Smart Bombs: Myths burden budget

    So Washington state will now begin the process of implementing an all-cuts budget. No sales tax hike. No income tax on the wealthy. Polling showed that both ideas were non-starters. …


  • 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 …


  • Our View: Licensing office closures easier for urban residents

    Before Washington state bureaucrats decide which driver’s licensing offices to close, we recommend they grab an atlas – preferably a used one to save money – and measure the distance …


  • Lawsuit prompts delay in Medicaid rate cuts

    A federal judge has temporarily blocked Washington state’s plan to reduce how much it pays for brand-name drugs prescribed to Medicaid patients. The state hopes to achieve $109 million in …


  • House budget proposal digs deeper into higher education

    OLYMPIA – A day after the Senate, House lawmakers proposed a budget plan that slices much deeper into higher education but spares K-12 education from some major cuts.


  • Proposed Washington budget includes large cuts

    OLYMPIA – After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations and speculation, the state Senate on Monday proposed a two-year plan to bridge Washington’s $9 billion budget shortfall.


  • Bracing for budget unveiling

    OLYMPIA – Brace yourself for some turbulence. Soon – perhaps as early as Monday – the state Senate will unveil its budget plan for the next two years. The House …

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