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  • State budget shortfall grows to $9 billion

    OLYMPIA – With a final piece of bad news Thursday – $552 million less than expected for the upcoming budget – state lawmakers are scrambling to put the finishing touches …


  • Wash. revenue drops; deficit nears $9 billion

    OLYMPIA – With a final piece of bad news Thursday – $552 million less than expected for the upcoming budget – state lawmakers are scrambling to put the finishing touches …


  • State workers decry ‘all-cuts’ plan

    OLYMPIA – In a scene repeated across Washington, sign-carrying state workers at the Capitol on Tuesday called on lawmakers to look at raising taxes to offset some deep budget cuts. …


  • Washington state deficit will top $8 billion

    OLYMPIA — Washington’s tax revenue is expected to drop another $2.3 billion through mid-2011, pushing the state’s projected deficit to about $8.3 billion, state officials said Thursday.


  • State assistance for unemployable faces cuts

    A few years ago, a homeless woman named Lee Ann Winters was nearly run over by a car while walking across a downtown Spokane intersection. She yelled at the driver, …


  • Washington House approves spending cuts

    OLYMPIA – The state House kicked immediate budget savings into gear Monday, approving a roughly $300 million package of spending cuts. But minority Republicans warned that the Legislature is still …


  • Survey finds state surpasses its goal for ‘green jobs’

    More than 47,000 Washington workers have “green jobs,” far more than estimated and twice the goal set by state officials for 2020. But Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday that Washington …


  • House Democrats unveil savings plan

    OLYMPIA – Rushing to save money before Washington’s budget woes worsen, House Democrats on Monday proposed cuts and other changes that they said will save $640 million by July. “We …


  • Funding loss puts ride service at risk

    Dementia has stolen most of her cognitive powers. If left alone in a doctor’s office, she would forget where she is and begin to wander. She no longer understands the …


  • Plan would combine MAC, Tacoma museum

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to cover a small piece of the state’s projected shortfall by combining the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture with the State History Museum in …


  • Budget cuts of $105 million proposed

    OLYMPIA – Saying they want to be “quick but deliberate,” state lawmakers Thursday proposed $105 million in state budget cuts. And they promised much more to come. Among the fast-track …


  • Our View: Open bargaining meetings between state, unions

    A spokesman for the Washington Federation of State Employees says the union is looking for a referee to decide Gov. Chris Gregoire’s legal authority to leave 40,000 public employees’ raises …


  • Lawmakers mixed on spending proposal

    Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to close a projected budget deficit without raising taxes drew praise from Republicans and “wait and see” comments from fellow Democrats on Thursday. If the plan …


  • Depth of proposed state budget cuts could be shocking

    OLYMPIA – After months of bad news for the state treasury, Gov. Chris Gregoire and her budget advisors will on Thursday unveil their proposals for dealing with a two-year budget …

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