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Teacher raises, mental health salaries in House Democratic budget

House Democrats propose raises for teachers, state mental health professionals in new budget.


Spin Control: Before you forget 2015 politics, how much of it do you remember?

Spin Control looks back at some political highlights and lowlifes of 2015


Spin Control: Lawmakers to explore if fantasy sports involve skill

A Senate committee will consider whether fantasy sports is a game of skill or chance.


Town of Tekoa condemns proposed closure of John Wayne Trail stretch

Well, pilgrim, we’ve got ourselves a bit of trouble in this here town of Tekoa. A part of the John Wayne Trail might be closed and some folks hereabouts are …


Inslee open to special session if schools plan emerges

OLYMPIA – A fourth special session of the Washington Legislature could be called for mid-November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools and their financing. Gov. Jay Inslee said …


Why teacher strikes aren’t legal, yet happen anyway

OLYMPIA – Teacher strikes are not legal under Washington law. That doesn’t stop them from happening, although it sometimes stops them from continuing. The problem with that law, say Republican …


Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers have authority to fund schools, not necessarily ability

The Washington Supreme Court has diagnosed the illness correctly. But the justices must wish they could prescribe a different treatment. The court has held the Legislature in contempt of court …


State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding

OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2015, 3:20 p.m.

Court orders Washington to pay $100,000 a day in sanctions for lack of progress on education funding

OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court orders $100,000 per day fines for Legislature’s failure to come up with a “complete plan” to improve public schools.


Washington gas tax goes up Saturday

Washington’s gasoline tax goes up 7 cents Saturday but your price at the pump won’t automatically jump by that amount at 12:01 a.m. It could go up that much or …


Beekeepers now designated as farmers under Washington law

Washington’s newest official farm livestock has wings, not hooves, and travels in swarms, not herds or flocks. A change in state law this month officially designates beekeepers as farmers, something …


Inslee to avoid ‘poison pill’ with tougher enforcement of existing laws

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee believes he’s found a way to cut carbon pollution without activating a “poison pill” that would cut state money for mass transit, bike and pedestrian …


Spin Control: A day in jail would motivate legislators to fund education

OLYMPIA – The Legislature sends its latest report to the state Supreme Court this week on how it’s stepping up to the plate on educating Washington’s children, an exercise that …


Medical marijuana referendum won’t be on Washington ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters won’t be asked this fall if they want to keep changes made this spring to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Organizers of a petition drive to …


Spin Control: Governor’s actions seal legislative action

Although the Legislature left town July 9, the true end of the session came Wednesday when Gov. Jay Inslee signed the last three of the 363 bills lawmakers managed to …


Shawn Vestal: Washington state gas tax a tale of two votes

Today we have a tale of two votes – a Republican yes and a Republican no for a state package that will bring $1 billion in new transportation investments to …


Transportation package goes into effect

A package of transportation bills that includes an 11.9 cent gasoline tax increase and about $16 billion worth of projects around the state became law Wednesday. The first 7 cents …


Landowners face uncertainty as north-south freeway gets boost in funding

Stacey Jordan has been waiting two decades for an answer to when the state will take the property that holds his family-owned business. Industrial Welding, at 1203 N. Greene St., …


Spin Control: Legislature went deep into extra innings: Here’s the scorecard

In the end, the Legislature went out not quite with a whimper, but certainly without much of a bang. Maybe after a record 176 days, nearly halfway into their third …


Washington Legislature wraps up session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s final day of the 2015 session went smoothly, in contrast to many of the 175 days that preceded it. The House moved swiftly to pass three …


Senate OKs delaying I-1351

OLYMPIA – With no votes to spare, the Senate on Thursday mustered the super-majority needed to suspend parts of the citizen initiative requiring smaller class sizes. With that vote and …


Senate could vote on delaying class-size changes today

OLYMPIA – An agreement that would allow the Legislature to fill a potential $2 billion budget hole, finish work and adjourn for the year was announced Wednesday by Senate leaders. …


Senate has deal that could break session deadlock

OLYMPIA — Senate leaders say they have an agreement on two controversial issues that should allow the Legislature to finish its business and adjourn this week.


State budget on hold as lawmakers debate suspending part of class-size initiative

OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans in the Senate remained at odds Monday over a key bill designed to keep the recently approved $38.2 billion operating budget balanced. But the dispute, …


Washington lawmakers not done with budget squabbles

OLYMPIA – To explain the current state of the Washington Legislature, forget the philosophy of Rousseau, the ideas of Jefferson or the eloquence of Lincoln. Turn instead to the dictum …


Legislature sends transportation bill to Inslee

OLYMPIA – A $16 billion transportation tax and fee bill with an 11.9-cent gasoline tax increase hit some roadblocks early Wednesday but eventually passed the House and Senate and was …


Fight in Senate could create $2 billion hole in budget

OLYMPIA — Fight over class-size initiative and school testing could lead to $2 billion hole in state’s new budget.


Transportation tax bill passes after delays in House and Senate

OLYMPIA — A $16 billion transportation bill with an 11.9 cent gasoline tax passed the House early Wednesday morning, but met a roadblock in the Senate before passing just after …


UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2015, 2:01 a.m.

Inslee signs budgets to keep state running

OLYMPIA – With the Legislature lurching toward adjournment and some 20 minutes to spare before a partial government shutdown, Gov. Jay Inslee signed budgets Tuesday night to keep state government …


Washington Legislature sends $38.2 billion operating budget to Inslee’s desk

OLYMPIA – After 165 days of partisan bickering over taxes and spending, the Legislature moved swiftly Monday to pass a $38.2 billion budget to run state government for the next …