Democrats and Republicans seem to be at an impasse on what is needed to begin serious negotiations on the 2017-19 budget.
Without a negotiated budget by April 23, Legislature will go into extra innings for the seventh time in eight years.
Geography and the economy may separate Washington counties that voted for Donald Trump from those that voted for Hillary Clinton last year. But on some issues, the two aren't that far apart, a new poll suggests.
People in Washington would have to be at least 21 to buy tobacco smoking or vapor products under a bill approved Thursday by a key House committee. Most vaping products would be taxed at the same rate as cigarettes under a separate bill.
Roads, bridges and transit projects around Spokane County would get about $125 million from state taxpayers over the next two years under similar transportation budgets making their way through the Legislature.
The Legislature is in the throes of its budget fortnight, when much energy is expended and many pronouncements are made on something everyone knows will change.
It is a time of high drama, but even higher dudgeon.