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Senate OKs delaying I-1351

OLYMPIA – With no votes to spare, the Senate on Thursday mustered the super-majority needed to suspend parts of the citizen initiative requiring smaller class sizes. With that vote and …


Senate could vote on delaying class-size changes today

OLYMPIA – An agreement that would allow the Legislature to fill a potential $2 billion budget hole, finish work and adjourn for the year was announced Wednesday by Senate leaders. …


Senate has deal that could break session deadlock

OLYMPIA — Senate leaders say they have an agreement on two controversial issues that should allow the Legislature to finish its business and adjourn this week.


State budget on hold as lawmakers debate suspending part of class-size initiative

OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans in the Senate remained at odds Monday over a key bill designed to keep the recently approved $38.2 billion operating budget balanced. But the dispute, …


Legislature sends transportation bill to Inslee

OLYMPIA – A $16 billion transportation tax and fee bill with an 11.9-cent gasoline tax increase hit some roadblocks early Wednesday but eventually passed the House and Senate and was …


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. …


Washington’s budget likely to go down to wire

OLYMPIA – With the clock ticking down to a partial state government shutdown, several options emerged Thursday that would “keep the lights on and the parks open,” as the Senate’s …


Progress reported on state budget process

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders seemed to concur Friday that they are closing in on an agreement on the 2015-17 state budget, something that has eluded them …


Senators propose new way of paying teachers, school employees

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a plan for a major shift in the way teachers and other public school employees are paid, with the state shouldering its …


Inslee mum on status of state budget talks

OLYMPIA – Silence descended over spending talks Wednesday, as Gov. Jay Inslee deflected most questions about progress in talks to break a legislative stalemate over the 2015-17 operating budget. “The …


Washington state budget negotiators still wrestling with budget spending level

OLYMPIA – Legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee met twice Thursday trying to settle a key point in budget negotiations that have dragged into a second special session. But after …


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, …


Special session, round two, begins in Olympia today

OLYMPIA – The Legislature will go into double-overtime in an effort to reach a deal on how to spend some $38 billion on state programs, agencies and salaries over the …


Transportation compromise bill passes House, heads to Senate

OLYMPIA – The Washington state House of Representatives passed a $5.1 billion transportation budget Wednesday, sending the compromise spending plan to the Senate, which could pass it before the first …


GOP wants state union negotiations to be open to public

OLYMPIA – Contract negotiations between the state and its employees’ unions should be open to the public and legislators, Senate Republicans insisted Tuesday. With two days left in the special …


Spin Control: Budget plans have lawmakers boxed in

OLYMPIA – There is much talk in the capital these days about needing to agree on “the box,” which may be confusing to the general public. This is not the …


Eye on Boise: Jerky quip earns an Oberto sampler

Oberto Brands in Seattle, manufacturer of beef jerky, is planning to send Idaho Rep. Heather Scott a case of beef jerky. The company noticed a post on Eye on Boise …


Tykes to get new trikes, thanks to governor giving away raise

The children in Jennifer Gonzalez’s preschool class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won’t care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens commission that …


One-day teacher strikes OK with 10-year-old

OLYMPIA – A rare special session hearing on a bill to penalize teachers for one-day strikes featured a walkout by Democrats, questions of legal authority and denunciations of the education …


Washington budget talks likely to take second special session

OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them …


GOP activist fills Fagan’s vacated 9th District seat

OLYMPIA – Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House. Dye, 53, was named Friday afternoon by commissioners from the district’s six …


UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2015, 8:30 p.m.

County leaders pick Mary Dye to replace Susan Fagan in state House

OLYMPIA –Mary Dye, longtime GOP activist from Garfield County, will represent southeastern Washington in the state House.


Bill intended to help minorities in elections

OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow Washington cities to rearrange voting districts so minorities could have a greater voice in elections was praised Thursday as a way to avoid costly …


State capital gains tax wins favor at Democratic hearing

OLYMPIA – With most legislators away from the Capitol and any budget negotiations behind closed doors, Democrats invited people from around the state to a hearing to support a capital …


Washington lawmakers work to fix mental health care system

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers have come up with dozens of ways to fix Washington’s failing mental health care system, including better services at county jails and psychiatric hospitals and a housing …


Otter calls special session for Idaho’s child support crisis

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter called a special session of the Legislature on Wednesday, his first in his three terms as governor. Otter is ordering lawmakers back to Boise …


‘Good discussion’ before special legislative session

OLYMPIA – After about 40 minutes of budget discussions with Gov. Jay Inslee and his budget chief Monday, legislative leaders emerged to declare they had made unspecified progress toward a …


Inslee calls special session starting Wednesday; budget negotiations to resume sooner

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will go into overtime to handle key issues, including the $38 billion budget needed to keep the state running for two years starting July 1. …