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One legislative contest in the Puget Sound area will decide whether the balance of power changes at the state Capitol.
Another candidate has jumped in the race for a Senate seat that will determine which party controls the chamber this year.
A former GOP state senator has been chosen to fill a Senate vacancy left by Sen. Andy Hill, who died of lung cancer in October.
A familiar face returns to the Legislature to fill a vacancy.
Washington lawmakers remembered the late Republican Sen. Andy Hill at the Capitol, calling him a dedicated public servant who cared deeply about his family.
State Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.
Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.
Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for Senate Republicans in Washington state, says he is battling a recurrence of lung cancer.
Senate Republicans propose fewer increases than House Democrats.
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee's 2016 spending plans would give teachers a raise but needs four tax exemptions to be closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OLYMPIA -- Good news: Legislative leaders are closer to reaching key agreements on the 2015-17 state budget. Not so good news: They don't actually agree on just how close.
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.
OLYMPIA -- House Democrats unveiled a $38.4 billion budget they say moves toward a compromise in the current budget standoff.