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Washington transportation package on hold until next session

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington state legislative leaders say negotiations have failed to produce a new tax package for transportation projects. In a statement released Wednesday evening, Inslee …


Shawn Vestal: It’s time to decide what value we place on parks

Is it too soon to declare our state parks a complete failure and call in the profiteers? Or should we cut their budgets further first? Maybe to zero? We are …


No conclusions on proposal to raise gas tax

OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the gasoline tax by 11.5 cents over three years and spend $12.3 billion on transportation projects and maintenance of existing structures generated four solid …


Spin Control: Right-to-work weird for Washington

Somewhere in the great beyond, James “Big Jim” Farley is having a good day. The former Tammany Hall boss and political strategist for Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have been pulled …


Boeing tax, permit breaks sail through Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – The Legislature gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to persuade Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington, rejecting calls Saturday to spread the benefits of tax breaks …


Legislature extends tax breaks, training programs to keep Boeing work in Washington

OLYMPIA — The Legislature gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to convince Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington, rejecting calls Saturday to spread the benefits of tax breaks …


Legislative special session focuses on Boeing breaks

OLYMPIA – The Legislature opened its third special session, which some have dubbed the Boeing session, with a look back 10 years, trying to make sure the aerospace giant keeps …


Washington special legislative session starts Thursday

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will meet in a special session starting Thursday to consider a $10 billion transportation package and other legislation Gov. Jay Inslee said is key to …


Inslee calls special session for transportation package

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature into a special session starting Thursday to pass a transportation package and other bills key to landing the Boeing 777X.


They said it

President Barack Obama said: “America has lost a legend of the United States Congress. Tom’s straightforward approach helped him find common ground with members of both parties, eventually leading to …


Gov. Jay Inslee pushes transportation plan

Gov. Jay Inslee toured Spokane on Wednesday, urging state lawmakers to craft a new transportation bill that would include money for the North Spokane Corridor. “I think we ought to …


Boehner, House GOP won’t budge on federal budget

WASHINGTON – The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government’s debt Sunday as Speaker John Boehner adamantly ruled out a House vote on …


Insurance website to debut as planned

OLYMPIA – Washington state will debut its website to help people find medical insurance under Obamacare today even if the federal government is forced into a shutdown over health care …


Editorial: Health care burden should hit state workers too

Gov. Jay Inslee and a coalition of labor groups are in negotiations over health care benefits for state employees but, as always, the details are sparse and the public is …


Gov. Jay Inslee will appeal Spokane County growth boundary plan

Gov. Jay Inslee has stepped into the fight over a July expansion of Spokane County’s urban growth area, including newly designated industrial land near Fairchild Air Force Base. Inslee said …


Spin Control: Gov. Jay Inslee’s Twitter town hall a bust

OLYMPIA – It is impossible these days to criticize any experiment to merge politics with social media without sounding like a 21st-century Luddite, or at least some cranky octogenarian telling …


Spin Control: Special session? For Senate leaders, only eyes roll

OLYMPIA – With enough time, things that were once unthinkable can become possible. But maybe not probable. I’m not talking about anything as outrageous as using sarin gas or electing …


Feds won’t block legal pot

OLYMPIA – The federal government will not try to stop Washington from setting up a way to allow adults to legally use marijuana. In what state officials described as a …


Feds give states green light on legalizing pot

OLYMPIA — A major change in federal policy will allow Washington’s legal marijuana law to go forward.


Washington, Japan celebrate 50 years

OLYMPIA – Leaders of Washington state and Japan’s Hyogo prefecture marked the oldest “sister-state” relationship in either country by making speeches, planting a tree, and feasting on smoked salmon and …


Expanded Medicaid will come later with explanations, state officials say

OLYMPIA – Washington’s new state budget signed into law this week relies on the expansion of health care for the poor, both to provide insurance to hundreds of thousands of …


State begins new fiscal year

OLYMPIA – The state started its new fiscal year Monday with lower taxes on some beers and services, more than a dozen new tax breaks for businesses and a little …


Governor signs budget in time

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year budget on Sunday, averting a government shutdown that state officials had been planning for in case the new spending plan wasn’t …


Legislature edges closer to finalizing budget deal

OLYMPIA – Budget negotiators inched toward an agreement Tuesday on Washington’s $32 billion two-year spending plan, reaching a point where staff looked for new ways to say “close.” But not …


Inslee: Speed up Hanford cleanup

Gov. Jay Inslee called for the federal government to speed up plans to clean up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation after reports that highly radioactive liquid may have …


Olympia freeze showing signs of thaw

OLYMPIA – There are signs that the ice dam that is the Washington Legislature may be starting to melt after the glaciation of the regular and first special sessions. Such …


Washington Legislature goes to double-overtime

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed for about 17 hours overnight Tuesday – the amount of time between its ineffectual first special session and a second special session that some say …


Estate tax plan moves forward in state Senate

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee, clearly frustrated over a lack of progress in budget negotiations and a plan to fix a problem with the estate tax, accused the Senate on …


Inslee order aims to spur hiring of people with disabilities

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order to help promote hiring of people with disabilities within state government and the private sector, according to a release. Currently, only 36 …


Spin Control: Budget impasse doesn’t spell doom

OLYMPIA – Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. So it’s not surprising that into the vacuum that is the Legislature’s special session – where the most special thing about it …