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Costly study didn’t list Pine Lodge for closure

OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …


Spokane County, city eye joint use of Pine Lodge facilities for jail

Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with Spokane County and the city of Spokane. State …


State rethinks plan to close Pine Lodge

Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with Spokane County and the city of Spokane.


State budget plans in ‘fuzzy zone’

OLYMPIA – Washington Republicans wasted little time trying to draw connections between a Democratic Senate loss in Massachusetts and political prospects in the Evergreen State. Washington Democrats conceded that the …


Area delegation gets message: Don’t ask

OLYMPIA – A Spokane-area delegation on its annual pilgrimage to the state capital got a consistently downbeat message this week: Don’t expect money for new programs or projects. “The message …


Senate majority leader looks ahead to tough session

Lisa Brown’s office, just off the floor of the Washington state Senate chambers, was abuzz last week with legislators, staff and people who needed a few minutes to talk about …


Let the annual finger-pointing begin

OLYMPIA – There are two relatively famous quotes that come to mind as the Legislature rumbles toward opening day Monday. One is the standard axiom that no man’s life, liberty …


Key Democrats say they oppose some proposed cuts

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed all-cuts, no-new-taxes budget – far from a done deal – was described as everything from a good starting point to an unrealistic plan Wednesday in a …


Economy forced many tough votes

OLYMPIA – It always astounds me how quickly the state capital becomes a ghost town when a legislative session ends. On Sunday, lobbyists were still swarming the Senate and House …


Sales tax increase could go before state voters

OLYMPIA – Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp said Thursday that there’s a “better than 50-50” chance that voters will be asked to approve a sales tax increase this fall. As …


Brown, Chopp weighing state income tax

OLYMPIA – For years in Washington’s capital, state income tax proposals have been viewed much like those periodic bills to declare Eastern Washington a 51st state. They’re attention-getters aimed at …


New state budget includes job cuts, tuition increases

OLYMPIA – After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations and speculation, the state Senate on Monday proposed a two-year plan to bridge Washington’s $9 billion budget shortfall. As predicted, it includes some …


Bill protects people living in their RVs

OLYMPIA – In a sign of the times, Washington’s House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would ban cities and counties from barring recreational vehicles from mobile home parks. …


Court dismisses Brown’s tax-hike fight

OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into a Senate dispute, Washington’s highest court Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure. The unanimous ruling leaves in …


Court rejects challenge to anti-tax measure

OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into the middle of a family fight, Washington’s highest court on Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure.


Eye on Olympia: High court rejects tax case

The Washington state Supreme Court has just ruled against state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Wash., who filed suit last year to try to overturn a requirement that tax increases …


Children’s programs defended

OLYMPIA – Armed with barbecued chicken and ribs, children’s advocates from Spokane made a pilgrimage to Olympia on Monday to urge local lawmakers to look elsewhere when making billions of …


State awaits gloomy budget news

OLYMPIA – Today’s the day. After months of ever-worse budget news, lawmakers will today hear state forecasters’ best guess about how the treasury will fare over the next two years.


Our View: Bill that would alter health district bears promise

For more than two years, the Spokane Regional Health District has been without a permanent health officer, and the board can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants …


Sen. Brown considers run for governor

OLYMPIA – The state’s last governor to make the jump from Eastern Washington to governor’s mansion was a Democrat who, in tough times, argued for public spending to help stabilize …


Democrats differ on candidates

OLYMPIA – In an indication of how tight the Democratic presidential contest has become, Washington’s lieutenant governor on Monday endorsed Hillary Clinton, not long after nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers …


Area legislative races heating up, a year early

OLYMPIA – As early bird candidates start to file their bids for a legislative seat in 2008, the region’s most powerful lawmaker says she’s resisting suggestions that she consider leaving …