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New bill targets medical pot

OLYMPIA – With a Senate panel considering a new rewrite of the state’s medical marijuana laws, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she’ll push to get the federal government to change …


Senate panel examines tax breaks

OLYMPIA – From frozen bull semen and chicken bedding to big banks’ mortgage profits, Senate Democrats took aim at the state’s system of tax breaks for businesses Wednesday. They generated …


State Senate praises bin Laden mission

OLYMPIA – With American flags adorning every desk, senators praised the armed forces and the troops’ commander in chief for Monday’s mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Senate Resolution 8661 …


Tax amnesty offer nets $321 million

OLYMPIA – Washington collected $321 million in delinquent taxes from nearly 9,000 businesses through an amnesty program that ended Saturday. The success of the program surprised state officials, who were …


A look at what’s facing legislators in extra session

OLYMPIA – For more than 100 days of a regular session, and for months before that, state leaders worried about and debated over “the budget.” They’re not done. The regular …


Special session starts Tuesday in Olympia

OLYMPIA – The Legislature will go into extra innings Tuesday morning after finishing its regular session Friday with major decisions still to be made. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who called a …


No agreement on final state budgets

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is expected to adjourn its regular session Friday afternoon without passing final budgets for general operating expenses, transportation or capital projects. It will return, but when …


Special session seems likely

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature is unlikely to finish work by Easter Sunday, making a special session all but inevitable, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown said Friday. At her weekly …


Year produced array of calculations, ideas, tired phrases

It was a year when government budgets always hurt for money and initiative campaigns never did. When candidates seemed to come out of retirement, out of the woodwork or from …


Legislature OKs deficit reduction plan in one-day session

OLYMPIA – Washington state lawmakers quickly approved a plan to shrink the state’s $1.1 billion deficit in a one-day special session Saturday, a preview of heavier budget-balancing work that lies …


Interpreter services for patients face cut

SEATTLE – About 70,000 Washington residents who do not speak English fluently may lose access to interpreters during medical visits under a proposed budget cut. The proposed $2 million cut …


Lawmakers adjourn special session

State lawmakers have adjourned their deficit-reducing special session after one day of work. Lawmakers approved a bipartisan $590 million deficit-cutting plan, taking a significant bite out of the $1.1 billion …


Special session starts Saturday

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers will convene a weekend special session to substantially cut the state’s $1.1 billion budget deficit, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Thursday. The bipartisan agreement will reduce the …


Wash. lawmakers to start special session Saturday

Gov. Chris Gregoire says a special legislative session to deal with the state’s budget woes will begin Saturday.


Gregoire says special session inevitable

Gov. Chris Gregoire said today that a special session to deal with the state’s budget shortfall is inevitable, and she gave lawmakers a Thursday deadline to present her with a …


State economist still bullish, but forecast has officials scrambling

OLYMPIA – Little changes can have big costs. That may be the main lesson from last week’s announcement that Washington state’s budget appears to be another $1.2 billion out of …


State economist “bullish,” despite slower-than-expected recovery

OLYMPIA – Little changes can have big costs. That may be the main lesson from last week’s announcement that Washington state’s budget appears to be another $1.2 billion out of …


$1.2 billion shortfall looms for Washington

OLYMPIA – The state is still being buffeted by the “Great Recession” and will have about $1.2 billion less than previously expected through mid-2013, Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist …


Murray action patches budget for now

For weeks, the prospects for another special session in Washington state to deal with a budget crisis revolved around an acronym that became a four-letter word: FMAP. Pronounced EFF-map, never …


Editorial: State budget gets reprieve – but deficit clock ticking

That giant “Whew!” you heard was from Washington state legislative leaders who did not want to convene a special session to deal with a budget shortfall. Add Gov. Chris Gregoire …


Washington state avoids special session

OLYMPIA – With Congress poised to approve $26 billion for Medicaid and school funding, Washington state will dodge the need for a special legislative session or immediate across-the-board spending cuts, …


No Washington special session – for now

OLYMPIA –With Congress poised to approve $26 billion for Medicaid and school funding, Washington state will dodge the need for a special legislative session or immediate across-the-board spending cuts, Gov. …


Governor may call special legislative session

Gov. Chris Gregoire says if $480 million in Medicaid matching money doesn’t come from the federal government by Aug. 9 she’ll have to consider a special session of the Legislature …


Gregoire signs new state budget into law

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.


Late maneuvers cap debate-filled session

OLYMPIA – By the time the Legislature wrapped up 90 days of heated and sometimes confusing debate over taxes and spending early Tuesday, it had raised taxes on a wide …


Washington House OKs tax plan

OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …


House approves tax plan

OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to …


Gregoire: ‘Time’s up’ on session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns today with time running out in its special session and only two options to fix its unbalanced budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday: Pass an …


Olympia budget gridlock still unsolved

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature’s special session could continue through next weekend. House members, who had much of the week off but returned Friday to vote on a few bills, …


Phone tax will fund 911 system

OLYMPIA – Washington residents are likely to pay an extra 25 cents a month next year for every phone line they have, whether it’s a land line, a cell phone …