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First public action in weeks on Washington budget

OLYMPIA – With barely a week left in the special session, most legislators return to the Capitol today for the first public budget action since the special session started March …


Special food aid on state cutting block

OLYMPIA – For 15 years, Washington has helped thousands of people the federal government wouldn’t, providing food assistance to legal immigrants struggling to survive in America. That includes residents of …


Spin Control: ‘Media’ negotiations are only problem when they don’t work

OLYMPIA – “I’m not going to negotiate in the news media.” Politicians at all levels love to utter that sentence – when it’s to their advantage.


Senate GOP unveils new budget plan

OLYMPIA – For the first three days of Washington’s special session, everything involving the state’s troubled budget was done behind closed doors. That went by the wayside Thursday. Senate Republicans …


Special session gets going

OLYMPIA – With no fanfare and few lawmakers present, the Washington Legislature began its special session Monday to find a way to fill a hole of about $1.5 billion in …


Brown: Budget goals out of reach

OLYMPIA – Legislators will try to fill some of Washington’s looming budget gap next week but won’t come close to the $2 billion in cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed last …


State budget deal elusive

OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire acknowledged legislators are unlikely to pass some $2 billion in budget cuts she proposed in this special session. The governor also sees no chance …


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 …


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.


Spin Control: Revenues rise, parties will capitalize

OLYMPIA – With almost all the news about Washington’s financial state hovering between dismal and abysmal over the past two weeks, it was good to catch one silver lining in …


Special session planned to cut $2 billion from state budget

OLYMPIA – The Washington legislature may spend the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas playing Scrooge to state agencies and programs. That’s when they’ll be called into a special session to …


Gregoire calls special session for Nov. 28

OLYMPIA— Gov. Chris Gregoire will call the Legislature back for a special session on Nov. 28 to deal with a budget shortfall.


Economic recovery likened to mirage

OLYMPIA – With economic recovery described as “a mirage in the desert” and a projected gap between income and spending growing to $1.4 billion, state officials began setting the stage …


Editorial: Lawmakers must adjust to worsening forecasts

Washington’s ongoing budget challenges threaten to take the “special” out of special session. Although Gov. Chris Gregoire has not yet decided whether to summon lawmakers back to Olympia, she has …


More to session than budget

OLYMPIA – At times, it may have seemed that the only issues the Washington Legislature worked on during the past session were budgets and medical marijuana. Those things did take …


Budget passes Senate with bipartisan support

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Senate has easily approved a new budget plan for Washington state, passing the measure in the final hours of the 30-day special session.


All departments take hits in lawmakers’ budget deal

OLYMPIA – Legislative leaders unveiled their latest – and likely final – version of the 2011-’13 operating budget they described as painful but sustainable and moved quickly to pass it …


Money for Spokane medical school in budget

OLYMPIA – The state’s $2.8 billion capital budget will include $35 million to start construction on a new medical school in Spokane. Legislative leaders announced Tuesday afternoon they have reached …


Deal cinches workers’ comp changes

OLYMPIA – After tying the Legislature in knots for much of the last three months, changes to the state’s century-old workers’ compensation sped through both houses Monday with comfortable margins. …


Workers’ comp gets an overhaul

OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the next two years. Gov. Chris …


Workers’ comp deal reported near to break legislative logjam

OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime today on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said Saturday …


Spin Control: Film industry tax breaks fine, but tie them to reviews

OLYMPIA – The Senate agreed last week to extend tax breaks for film companies that shoot movies and TV shows in Washington. That makes good economic sense, considering a movie …


Legislature grinds toward compromise

OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime Sunday on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said this …


Senate extends tax incentive for film companies

OLYMPIA – With signs emerging the Washington Legislature might at least make an effort to finish work by next Wednesday’s deadline, the Senate Thursday extended a tax break for movies …


Lawmakers approve cigar lounges

OLYMPIA – The Senate voted to let bars and restaurants set up separate cigar lounges, despite a warning that patrons might go in thinking they’re “big studs” but find out …


Gregoire signs transportation budget

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the state’s 2011-’13 transportation budget Monday and issued a warning to the Legislature to hurry up on other spending plans for the next biennium …


Workers’ comp becoming a yellow brick road-block

OLYMPIA – May might be the cruelest month in the state capital. The rain gives way only sporadically to sun breaks, momentarily lifting the gray gloom that shrouds the dome …


‘Zombies’ stage lively protest

OLYMPIA – As the House of Representatives voted to reduce and rearrange a key welfare program Friday, demonstrators dressed as zombies marched on the Capitol to protest budget cuts. Maybe …


House budget session brings out unhappy zombies

OLYMPIA – As the House of Representatives voted to reduce and rearrange a key welfare program Friday, demonstrators dressed as zombies marched on the Capitol to protest budget cuts. Maybe …