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Legislators chose help for schools, colleges and mental help – and the taxes to pay for it

If governing is about choosing, the Legislature made hundreds of choices by what they passed, and more than a thousand by what they didn’t pass.


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

House approves $4.6 billion capital budget

House capital construction budget has nearly $112 million for projects in Spokane.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018

Spin Control: Washington’s Capitol dome will get a good scrubbing, but no visitors

The Legislature set aside money for a cleaning of the Capitol dome, but Gov. Jay Inslee nixed a plan to allow visitors up to the top.


Spin Control: Inslee signs capital budget, water law quickly

Less than a day after legislative negotiators pushed them through the House and Senate on bipartisan votes, Gov. Jay Inslee signed key bills on state construction projects and a revision …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

Lawmakers agree to deal on $4.2 billion construction budget

Lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on a $4.2 billion capital construction budget and a major rewrite of state water law.


Cost of legislative inaction mounts

Those who are annoyed need to speak up and let legislators know adjourning before getting the job done is unacceptable.


Lack of Washington capital budget leads to some layoffs

The ongoing lack of a state capital budget has led to layoffs in the state parks department, and more layoffs at additional state agencies are expected.


Lawmakers need firm water-well deal

Senate Republicans have a point: The Legislature needs to solve this problem now, because it will be too easy for urban-centric lawmakers to ignore it in the future.


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Impasse over water rights bill means $4 billion state construction budget unlikely to get vote

Lawmakers reached an agreement on a $4 billion construction budget but almost certainly will not vote on it Thursday, the last day of the special session. There’s no deal on …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Funding for EWU, SCC projects remains stalled in Washington Legislature over water rights law

Lawmakers continue to discuss a way to break the logjam over the capital budget and a change to state water rights law but have no votes scheduled yet.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam

Some $114 million in state construction projects for the Spokane area, including a new science building on the Eastern Washington University campus, are in jeopardy this week as the Legislature …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

EWU science building likely to get at least $60 million for construction

House and Senate capital construction budgets both set aside money for a new science center at Eastern Washington University.


Legislature passes construction budget on final day

OLYMPIA – After 153 days, the Washington Legislature decided Saturday it had had enough, even though Gov. Jay Inslee wanted it to do more. In quick succession, the House and …


Washington legislature starts special session on Monday

OLYMPIA – Overtime starts Monday for the Legislature, which failed to pass a general operating budget by midnight Thursday and was called back for a special session. After issuing a …


Money for Spokane medical school in budget

OLYMPIA – The state’s $2.8 billion capital budget will include $35 million to start construction on a new medical school in Spokane. Legislative leaders announced Tuesday afternoon they have reached …


Editorial: Lowering debt limit strengthens state budget

As legislators in Olympia pore over the operating budget for major cuts, there is one growing expenditure that makes their job tougher: debt service for state capital projects. While the …


Governor’s proposed capital budget leaves off Spokane medical school

OLYMPIA – A new medical school building in Spokane is not on the list of large construction projects being proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire for the next two years, a …