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UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

Spokane school officials lobby for more special education money, but not higher local levies

With the clock ticking toward Sunday’s scheduled end of the legislative session and a possible deal on the state operating budget, Spokane Public Schools officials were making pleas Monday to …


Sen. Mark Schoesler: Don’t blame Legislature for school districts’ budget problems

If Spokesman-Review readers saw last week’s story (“Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall”), they understandably would have questions, and might conclude the Legislature caused the $31 million …


Washington Legislature into the final push to decide money for schools as pressure mounts

Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Senate passes $52.2 billion operating budget; proposal to support 20 new WSU Spokane medical school students fails

The Senate passes a $52.2 billion operating budget, the last and smallest of the three spending plans needed to begin negotiations on a final budget.


Free college in Washington not likely, but many plans would help with the cost

Free college for everyone may not be coming to Washington, but many students could see the cost of their post-secondary education reduced – although by just how much is still …


Many state elected officials in line for double-digit raises

Salary commission schedules pay raises for many elected officials.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Inslee tax plan draws critics, supporters in budget hearing

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed tax increases generated the expected support and opposition Wednesday as the Senate began hearings on new revenue for the state’s upcoming budgets.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Republicans question motive, cost of Inslee proposals

Republicans say Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State speech was long on new programs without saying how to pay for them.


Spokane-area senators lead both parties as new session starts

Spokane and the rest of Eastern Washington finds itself in an enviably strong position as legislators return to the capital Monday for the 2019 session.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Schoesler re-elected Senate GOP leader

Mark Schoesler named Senate minority leader.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

Ad watch: Latest attack ads against Brown make questionable claims

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the state Republican Party are stepping up attacks on Democratic challenger Lisa Brown with a mailer that suggests the former state legislator is soft on …


GOP lawmakers want state to change provisions for union dues

As the state removes agency fees for nonunion workers, Republican legislators call for changes on union dues.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

Seattle’s head tax is bad for Washington business, panelists say

A panel at the Washington Policy Center’s “Solution Summit” discussed possible statewide implications of Seattle head tax Wednesday.


Mark Schoesler: Blaming salmon concerns on Snake River dams is a red herring

Blaming salmon concerns on Snake River dams is a red herring. I serve the people of Washington’s 9th Legislative District, which includes the lower Snake River from the Idaho border …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Route 395 to be name Foley Memorial Highway

Senate gave final approval to a plan to name U.S. Highway 395 as a memorial to former Rep. Tom Foley.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Panel approves changes for semi-auto rifle restrictions

Supporters of restrictions and tougher background checks for semi-automatic “assault” weapons make changes to bill in effort to get it to pass.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.


Democrats, Republicans take different views of Trump offshore oil lease proposal

Democrats continue to challenge President Trump’s proposal to expand offshore oil leases, but Republicans say it’s no problem because there’s no oil off the Washington coast.


Budget guessing game: Where will the money come from?

Waiting for the governor to release his 2018 supplemental budget, critics guessed wrong on where the extra money might come from.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Ferguson: Lawsuits against administration keep Trump ‘accountable’

Attorney General Bob Ferguson tells Senate Republicans his multiple legal challenges to the Trump administration protect Washington. Majority Leader Mark Schoesler says inquiry from members was routine, not political.


Spin Control: Facts secondary in jousting over special session and Amazon

When the argument doesn’t fit the facts, some people make the facts fit the argument.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

100 years after legislators barred WSU from starting medical school, WSU’s first class of medical students start work in Spokane

Medical students who start the first class of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine benefit from the political wars and warriors who made it happen.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

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: Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Longest Washington budget talks with no deal

Legislators have gone later than ever without at least an agreement “in principle” on the budget needed to keep the state running after June 30. They also lack agreement on …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Budget clock ‘running out,’ Inslee warns, as third special session starts

Legislature starts its third special session with Gov. Jay Inslee vowing to veto a short-term budget.


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry, also a congressman, dies

Former Gov. Mike Lowry, 78, dies of complications of a stroke.


Washington Legislature likely to end regular session quietly Sunday, go into OT Monday

With a budget agreement far off, Legislature could go into an overtime session as early as Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

GOP says House vote on tax package needed for budget negotiations

House Democrats open hearings on a tax plan to support their $44.9 billion budget, but Republicans say they can’t negotiate unless it passes the House.


Key Washington lawmaker: Mike Padden

Mike Padden Hometown: Spokane Valley


UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2017, 8:21 a.m.

Key Washington lawmaker: Mark Schoesler

Mark Schoesler Hometown: Ritzville