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Inslee urges new taxes in state of the state address

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday repeated calls for some new taxes, including one on carbon pollution to secure “a birthright to a healthy Washington.” Republican leaders countered that …


GOP rule makes passage of new taxes tougher

OLYMPIA – Any new tax in Washington will require support from at least two-thirds of the Senate under a rule change Republicans pushed through the chamber in the early hours …


Basic education has changed meaning through the years

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will spend much of the 2015 session debating how much to spend to cover the cost of “basic education” in the state’s public schools. That …


Spokane’s MAC considering return to not-for-profit

After another “flat” budget proposal from the state, leaders at Spokane’s Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture say it’s time for the institution to cut most formal ties with Olympia. …


Spokane’s medical school expansion a complex venture

OLYMPIA – Around the Capitol, the debate over physician education in Spokane is sometimes called the Apple Cup for medical schools. Although some take sides as they do for the …


Washington Gov. Inslee’s budget proposal boosts school spending

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a budget proposal that would spend $2.3 billion more for public schools, strengthen mental health and child welfare systems, boost parks and implement tougher …


Inslee’s budget omits new funds for med schools

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee is undecided on how medical school education should expand in Spokane. The budget he will unveil Thursday and send next month to the Legislature currently …


Republicans begin remaking Senate

OLYMPIA – The axiom that elections have consequences is much in evidence in the capital these days as the Senate’s new Republican majority rearranges the deck chairs. Although they have …


Gov. Jay Inslee to seek $1 billion in tax hikes in two-year budget

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal for the next two years will include a request for $1 billion or more in higher taxes along with some program cuts, a …


State may increase medical residencies on East Side

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature may direct medical schools to expand the number of physician residencies in Eastern Washington to provide more doctors for rural communities and family practice. Rep. …


Mark Schoesler chosen as Washington Senate majority leader

OLYMPIA – Ritzville Republican Mark Schoesler was elected the Senate majority leader Monday for the upcoming 2015 session. Officially, Schoesler will head the Majority Coalition Caucus, a group of 25 …


Legislators want 1917 law revised to allow WSU med school expansion

A pair of Spokane lawmakers will propose legislation to establish the state’s second medical school in Spokane and put it under the control of Washington State University. Rep. Marcus Riccelli, …


Legislature tries remote testimony

OLYMPIA – A Pasco-based government watchdog made a pitch Friday for district elections to the Supreme Court and two Spokane Valley law enforcement officers told legislators about rising arrest numbers …


State grapples with $2 billion projected budget shortfall

OLYMPIA – Wednesday was filled with so many economic numbers for state government that Washington’s legislative leaders had to overwork a metaphor about toothpaste to debate how to deal with …