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Lawmakers eye higher beer tax

OLYMPIA – Hold on to your six-packs: Democratic lawmakers are considering a tax increase on mass-market beer, betting that suds drinkers won’t mind paying a little more to bail out …


Olympia budget gridlock still unsolved

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature’s special session could continue through next weekend. House members, who had much of the week off but returned Friday to vote on a few bills, …


Phone tax will fund 911 system

OLYMPIA – Washington residents are likely to pay an extra 25 cents a month next year for every phone line they have, whether it’s a land line, a cell phone …


Gov. Otter woos Washington firms

OLYMPIA – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter continues to “court” Washington businesses, sending personal letters to their owners that suggest they should move to the Gem State. That’s fair, Washington Gov. …


Liquor limits expanded

OLYMPIA – Small distilleries will be able to produce more liquor under a new law that triples their maximum capacity to 60,000 gallons. The law, signed Thursday by Gov. Chris …


Bill benefitting Dry Fly signed into law

Small distilleries will be able to produce more liquor under a new law that triples their maximum capacity to 60,000 gallons. The law, signed Thursday by Gov. Chris Gregoire, is …


Lawmakers wrestling over final $200 million

OLYMPIA – Much of this year’s legislative time has been devoted to a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, but the special session is essentially locked up over …


Paul escape prompts release-restrictions law

OLYMPIA – A bill sparked by the escape of an Eastern State Hospital patient during a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair was signed into law Wednesday. House …


Editorial: Print shop hammers at Legislature’s credibility

It’s not a huge part of Washington state’s budget, but the survival of the Department of Printing after two years of draconian budget cutting shows just how difficult it can …


Lawmakers stuck on $200 million

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …


Legislative tax agreement still ‘a few days’ off

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …


New law puts limits on giving to candidates

OLYMPIA – With little fanfare last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill that could force a big change in Spokane politics. Senate Bill 6344 could cut the tendons of …


Mobile phone law gets tougher

OLYMPIA – Starting this summer, drivers better use a headset if they’re talking on their cell phones. And don’t even think about texting your friend while cruising down the interstate. …


Gregoire OKs tougher cell phone driving law

Starting this summer, drivers better use a headset if they’re talking on their cell phones. And don’t even think about texting your friend while cruising down the interstate.


Panel to tackle state tax impasse

OLYMPIA – In an effort to break a logjam over which taxes to raise, the Washington Legislature will set up a conference committee with three members from each chamber to …


Washington governor signs data center bill

OLYMPIA – A bill designed to help Central Washington communities such as Wenatchee and Quincy compete for large high-tech data centers was signed into law Thursday.


Special Wash. legislative panel to seek tax compromise

State Senate rejects House tax plan, agrees to conference committee.


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 …


‘Impasse’ endures amid budget talks

OLYMPIA – Most legislators took a couple days of “rolling recess” this week, staying away from the Capitol while their leaders tried to bridge the two opposing views on solving …


November election is backdrop as special session drags on

OLYMPIA – While Democrats with huge majorities in both houses fight among themselves over the budget, Republicans have plenty of free time to express confidence the November election will change …


House passes revised budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


House drops sales tax from budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


Senate OKs sales, business tax hikes

OLYMPIA – The Senate passed increases in state sales and business taxes Friday afternoon, sending a slightly pared-down version of its original tax package to the House, which had rejected …


Washington senators approve tax increases

The Senate approved temporary jumps in state sales and business taxes, narrowly passing a tax plan that may not survive the weekend in the House.


Sluggish session frustrates governor

OLYMPIA – As the Legislature crawled through its fourth day of a special session without a solution to its budget problems, Gov. Chris Gregoire was among those expressing frustration with …


Washington House, Senate re-approve bills

OLYMPIA – Legislators retraced some steps Tuesday, re-approving bills one chamber supported but the other didn’t before regular session time ran out last week. The House passed an $861 million …


Washington Legislature’s special session begins

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying to close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget. Legislative leaders said they …


Wash. lawmakers start special session to pass budget

The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget.


Legislative business unfinished

OLYMPIA – They’re going into overtime. The Legislature finished its 60-day session without reaching an agreement on how to plug a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, and …


Legislature ends session - for now

OLYMPIA – They’re going into overtime. The Legislature finished its 60-day session without reaching an agreement on how to plug a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, and …