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Spin Control: Fast-and-furious memos do no good

Transparency in government is a great ideal, but like so many things it can be somewhat less than ideal in practice. Take, for example, the edict of Initiative 960 that …


Disputed analysis of I-1185 will stay

OLYMPIA – The fiscal note on the latest initiative requiring a supermajority in the Legislature for tax increases will remain in the state voters’ guide, even though it is different …


I-502’s fiscal result remains hazy

SEATTLE – The state’s latest financial analysis says legalizing and taxing marijuana could bring Washington as much as nearly $2 billion over the next five years – or as little …


OFM: Spokane still No. 2 in population

OLYMPIA — Washington saw slow population growth in the last year, and Spokane remained the second largest city, new state estimates show.


Budget chief to Legislature: Time’s a-wasting, pass a budget

OLYMPIA — The state can’t wait until next year to make changes to its budget that will reduce spending, the state’s budget director told legislators today.


State cellphones squander $500,000

SEATTLE – A state audit has found Washington is wasting money on 2,000 idle state employee cellphones. The audit report, released Friday by state Auditor Brian Sonntag, found the state …


Panel rejects liquor plans

OLYMPIA – It’s apparently all in or all out for Washington state’s involvement in the liquor business. After studying two proposals to take over the state’s liquor distribution system, the …


Coaches lead state’s payroll

OLYMPIA – The best-paying jobs in state government are in academia. And of those, the very best are in athletics. The 55 highest-paid state employees – and 948 of the …


State asks agencies to prepare for cuts

OLYMPIA – State agencies will prepare plans to cut their spending by as much as 10 percent as Washington braces for the prospect that the next state economic forecast could …


Clark: In population contest, Tacoma uses dirty trick

I should have known better than to pick on Tacoma. As my Old Man used to tell me …


Forum will hear budget ideas today

Got a thought on how to help solve the state’s budget woes? Today is your chance in Eastern Washington. That’s when the Office of Financial Management brings its road show …


Washington’s population still rising, but pace abates

OLYMPIA – We’re still growing, but it’s slowing. That was the verdict Monday from Washington’s Office of Financial Management, which churns out annual population estimates for the state, cities and …