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State budget outlook: Revenue up but expenses up more

OLYMPIA -- The 2016 Legislature will have slightly more tax revenue than expected when they left last summer, but that won't be enough to cover the growth in state programs and new costs, like fighting this summer's wildfires.

Sunday Spin 2: Ins and outs for 2016

Although candidates for the 2015 election may be shoulder-to-the-wheel, nose-to-the-grindstone right now, the 2016 crop of candidates isn’t far behind.

Legislature passes $38.2 billion budget

OLYMPIA -- After spending 165 days struggling to write a budget, the Legislature needed less than two hours to pass a $38.2 billion spending plan out of both chambers that boosts money for schools and mental health programs and cuts tuition at state colleges.

Washington officials announce state budget deal

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. But few details were revealed – indeed some numbers apparently weren’t even finalized – as officials promised in a news conference that they made a deal that will prevent a partial government shutdown scheduled to start Wednesday.

Washington’s budget likely to go down to wire

OLYMPIA – With the clock ticking down to a partial state government shutdown, several options emerged Thursday that would “keep the lights on and the parks open,” as the Senate’s chief budget writer, Andy Hill, said. He acknowledged that likely will mean working past Saturday, the end of the current second special session, and into a third overtime session.

Progress reported on state budget process

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders seemed to concur Friday that they are closing in on an agreement on the 2015-17 state budget, something that has eluded them for 155 days. But they didn’t completely agree on how close, or the components of that agreement.

House Democrats offer $38.4 billion budget plan

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their latest 2015-17 budget proposal, a $38.4 billion plan with lower spending and fewer taxes than a bill they passed earlier this year. For optimists, it represents a move toward the center that could help end a budget standoff before a partial government shutdown at the start of July.