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Spin Control archive for March 12, 2014


House passes end of Innovate WA bill

OLYMPIA -- The latest version of a bill to end the Innovate Washington program passed the House 97-0 Wednesday evening. In the latest iteration, the Spokane-based agency becomes a program in the state Commerce Department that ends on June 30, 2015. In the meantime, it…

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No budget rollout until Thursday

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature will start the last day of its scheduled session without showing the public its supplemental budget. The budget, which is the update of the biennial budget passed last year, is said to be close, with only relatively small things in the…

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OLYMPIA-- Sen. Mark Schoesler, center, discusses what's ahead for the final day of the Legislature at a press conference with Rep. Dan Kristiansen and Sen. Linda Evans Parlette. (Jim Camden)

Transpo package is dead 

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler talks about what will and won't happen during the remainder of the session at a press conference with House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen and Senate Republican Caucus Chairwoman Linda Evans Parlette. OLYMPIA -- Good news for Spokane motorists: You won't…

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Budget still 'A work in progress'

OLYMPIA -- Here's a bad sign for anyone expecting the Legislature to conclude its business by midnight Thursday: Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler this morning described the supplemental budget, and two controversial bills, as "a work in progress." Budget leaders of both chambers have been…

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WA Lege Day 59: Final day, minus one

OLYMPIA -- The penultimate day of the session, or Sine Die Eve, dawned without an announcement on a deal for a supplemental budget, or all the things that might go with it, such as a plan to add statewide student tests to teacher evaluations or…

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