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Governor urges state auditor to explain federal investigation

A spokesman for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday the governor is very concerned about an apparent federal investigation into the state auditor, and is encouraging him to work …


Zombies show support in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Note to grade school students planning a civics trip to the state Capitol during the session: You never know who you’ll see here. The governor. Legislators. Lobbyists. Zombies …


Mild winter yields low snowpack, water reserves

OLYMPIA – There’s a big downside to the relatively mild winter with more rain than snow that most of Washington experienced, and it’s not for skiers and snowboarders. Parts of …


Inslee won’t block WSU med school

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee implied Thursday that he will sign a bill giving Washington State University permission to start its own medical school in Spokane. But he made clear …


House panel discusses Inslee’s carbon cap-and-trade proposal

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to charge some of the state’s largest businesses for carbon pollution their operations generate drew praise and criticism Thursday in its debut before a …


Proposed low-carbon fuel standard draws praise, criticism

Pacific Coast Canola produces up to 120,000 gallons of oil daily at a crushing plant near Moses Lake. Most of the heart-healthy oil is used for cooking, but some is …


Editorial: State needs to act soon on gas tax increase

When legislators debated a gas-tax increase at this time last year, the statewide average price per gallon was $3.32, according to AAA. On Wednesday, it was $2.15 statewide and $1.76 …


Let’s define government’s ‘openness’

OLYMPIA – Openness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder for government officials. This is clear in the discussions – some might call them grumblings – of proposed …


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 …


Hill says Washington’s two-year revenue will be $3 billion higher, so no tax hike needed

OLYMPIA – Telling myths from truths may be a major challenge in Washington’s upcoming legislative session. Sen. Andy Hill, the Republican who heads the Ways and Means Committee, insisted Thursday …


Spin Control: A pundit’s political portending

As it does most years, Spin Control looks into the crystal ball for the first Sunday of 2015 to predict the year ahead. Regular readers might have the feeling they’ve …


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. …


Spin Control: Inslee’s medical metaphors fall short

OLYMPIA – Before we know it, the legislative session will be on us, and with it the kind of rhetoric that can make one pause. Legislators rarely are constrained by …


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 carbon tax plan would help complete North Spokane freeway

SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The …


Inslee’s proposed carbon tax would extend North Spokane freeway

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.


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 …


Editorial: With Washington roads in poor shape, tax breaks need scrutiny

A dual-motor Tesla Model S can reach 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. Even better, the Model S and its hefty price tag can reach the Washington treasury at …


Aero-Flite moving four airplanes to West Plains, creating 50 new jobs

A company that flies and maintains tankers that fight wildfires around the country will make its new home at Spokane International Airport. Aero-Flite Inc. will move four airplanes from Arizona …


Two Washington liquor board members leaving

OLYMPIA – Two of the three members of the state board that oversees Washington’s liquor and marijuana laws will step down early next year. That includes Chris Marr, a former …


Inslee: Local responders need more preparation for oil train risks

SEATTLE – Citing deadly risks associated with increasing volatile shipments of crude oil through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said state and federal governments need to take swift action …


Editorial: Hanford resolution a hostage of politics

Death, taxes, and more time to clean up Hanford. Those are the certainties of life in Washington, but the state is pushing back against the latest federal request for permission …


Inslee withholds judgment on who should run Spokane medical school

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said he’s keeping an open mind about which state university should operate a medical school in Spokane, but he has no problem with the two …


Inslee: Closing tax breaks still key to meeting school funding order

Gov. Jay Inslee is steering clear of suggesting what the state Supreme Court should do to force the Legislature to comply with orders to spend more on public schools. Lawyers …


Disaster declaration clears way for loans for windstorm victims

Homeowners, renters and business owners hit hard in a July windstorm may be eligible for federal help. The U.S. Small Business Association announced Wednesday it has granted a disaster declaration …


Inslee reactivates military alliance to retain defense jobs

OLYMPIA – Protecting the jobs and economic stimulus from the many military installations in Washington is “a no-brainer,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday as he resurrected a coalition of groups …


Environmental groups ask Inslee for wolf-kill limits

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday asked Gov. Jay Inslee to push for the creation of strict rules limiting when wolves can be killed in response to livestock …


Feds deny disaster aid to individual Washington wildfire victims

President Barack Obama denied a request Tuesday for disaster aid to individuals who lost homes and property in the Central Washington wildfires less than a day after approving a disaster …


Inslee files request for federal fire disaster aid

OLYMPIA – Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a request to the federal government. …


State seeks major disaster aid for fires

Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover the losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee says in a request to the federal government.