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UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

State sets up new department for families

Washington will combine parts of several agencies into a new Department of Children, Youth and Families.


King County appoints attorney to replace lawmaker Hunter

The King County Council has chosen a Bellevue attorney to replace Ross Hunter in the Washington House of Representatives.


King County Council appoints Bellevue attorney to replace lawmaker Ross Hunter

The King County Council has chosen a Bellevue attorney to replace Ross Hunter in the Washington House of Representatives.


UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2015, 8 p.m.

Legislature passes $38.2 billion budget

OLYMPIA — After spending 165 days struggling to write a budget, the Legislature needed less than two hours to pass a $38.2 billion spending plan out of both chambers that …


Washington officials announce state budget deal

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …


Under state budget deal, college tuition will fall, but leaders haven’t said by how much

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …


House Democrats offer $38.4 billion budget plan

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their latest 2015-17 budget proposal, a $38.4 billion plan with lower spending and fewer taxes than a bill they passed earlier this year. For optimists, …


House budget panel approves changing law to allow medical school

OLYMPIA – The prospects for a new medical school operated by Washington State University took a step forward late Friday evening as a key committee approved a bill to make …


Washington bill calls to adjust wolf plan

OLYMPIA – An Eastern Washington rancher lost some 300 sheep to wolves last year when the flock was sent to a grazing area that contained a wolf den. Wildlife experts …


WSU medical school bills take detour in House, Senate

OLYMPIA – Bills that would give Washington State University the authority to start a medical school in Spokane, which last week seemed on the fast track, have hit an unexpected …


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 …


Spin Control: GOP’s budget metaphor oversqueezed

OLYMPIA – It’s time for someone to give Senate Republican budget writers a new metaphor for hyperbolic parsimony. Looking at the state’s less-than-cheery prospects of matching income to outgo last …


State grapples with $2 billion projected budget shortfall

OLYMPIA – Wednesday was filled with so many economic numbers for state government that Washington’s legislative leaders had to overwork a metaphor about toothpaste to debate how to deal with …


Marijuana money boosts Washington’s budget

OLYMPIA – Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that …


Washington voters on their own to decide ballot advisory measures

Voters seeking extensive information from the usual sources on five statewide advisory measures may be out of luck. There are no high-powered campaigns for or against the nonbinding Advisory Votes …


Revenue windfall could end stalemate

OLYMPIA – An improving economic outlook could allow the Legislature to do something in the next few days that it has been unable to do for nearly six months: negotiate …


House Democrats offer state budget compromise

OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered to trim spending and drop many proposals on taxes as part of a compromise they say would allow the Washington Legislature to pass a 2013-15 …


House budget plan passes along largely partisan lines

OLYMPIA – The House passed a $34.2 billion budget Friday that would add money to public schools and assumes a jump in some taxes on businesses and consumers. In a …


Inslee stands by tax pledge

OLYMPIA – Washington faces a $900 million budget hole through 2015, a slightly smaller one for the Legislature to fill than previously thought, thanks to a slowly recovering economy. Gov.-elect …


Washington facing slow recovery

OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook barely changed over the last four months as the state’s few bright spots – jobs in aerospace and software – were all but canceled by …


House Democrats pass budget proposal

OLYMPIA – Admitting it’s not the final solution to the state’s fiscal problem but a way to “move the process forward,” House Democrats passed and sent to the Senate a …


Proposed budget avoids tax hike

OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered a budget plan that doesn’t call for a state tax increase and doesn’t make some of the cuts to public schools and state services Gov. …


House GOP releases its budget

OLYMPIA – For several years, Republicans in the Washington House of Representatives have complained they have essentially been shut out of the budgeting process by majority Democrats. Friday, they stole …


GOP proposes ‘Education First’

OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of the budgeting process in a session in which that was supposed to be the main …


Gregoire signs budget patch

OLYMPIA – With advice to the Legislature to show up “tan, rested and ready” in January to finish fixing the state’s budget problems, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the $480 million …


Budgeters put tough decisions on hold

OLYMPIA – For two weeks, legislators have heard emotional, sometimes angry testimony against major cuts to state programs and in favor of raising taxes. Monday, it became apparent they will …


School officials object to proposed state cuts

OLYMPIA – School officials from across Washington urged legislators to reject plans to cut four days out of the school year or reduce payments designed to help poor districts keep …


Washington budget director urges state cuts

OLYMPIA – Washington state can’t wait until next year to cut its budget, the state’s budget director told legislators Monday. In the wake of recent comments by legislators that cast …


Spin Control: Groups plan to make noise: Cut tax breaks, not spending

OLYMPIA – When the party that’s in becomes the party that’s out, one can expect an increase of unhappy people coalescing and demonstrating against the new order. But if one …


Washington state facing deeper cuts

OLYMPIA – The gap between Washington’s projected state revenues and current expenses grew to about $5.1 billion for the coming biennium, prompting a call from Gov. Chris Gregoire for the …