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Gov. Otter woos Washington firms

OLYMPIA – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter continues to “court” Washington businesses, sending personal letters to their owners that suggest they should move to the Gem State. That’s fair, Washington Gov. …


Lawmakers wrestling over final $200 million

OLYMPIA – Much of this year’s legislative time has been devoted to a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, but the special session is essentially locked up over …


Lawmakers stuck on $200 million

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …


Panel to tackle state tax impasse

OLYMPIA – In an effort to break a logjam over which taxes to raise, the Washington Legislature will set up a conference committee with three members from each chamber to …


Special Wash. legislative panel to seek tax compromise

State Senate rejects House tax plan, agrees to conference committee.


Gregoire warns of 20 percent cuts if budget stalls

Gov. Chris Gregoire warned Wednesday that she could be forced to make across-the-board cuts of 20 percent if the Legislature doesn’t come up with a budget-balancing agreement. Gregoire expressed frustration …


November election is backdrop as special session drags on

OLYMPIA – While Democrats with huge majorities in both houses fight among themselves over the budget, Republicans have plenty of free time to express confidence the November election will change …


House passes revised budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


House drops sales tax from budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


Sluggish session frustrates governor

OLYMPIA – As the Legislature crawled through its fourth day of a special session without a solution to its budget problems, Gov. Chris Gregoire was among those expressing frustration with …


Washington Legislature’s special session begins

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying to close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget. Legislative leaders said they …


Wash. lawmakers start special session to pass budget

The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget.


Legislative business unfinished

OLYMPIA – They’re going into overtime. The Legislature finished its 60-day session without reaching an agreement on how to plug a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, and …


Legislature ends session - for now

OLYMPIA – They’re going into overtime. The Legislature finished its 60-day session without reaching an agreement on how to plug a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, and …


Washington Legislature prepares for special session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature prepared to go into extra innings Wednesday as consensus on addressing the state’s $2.8 billion budget gap remained elusive and the ability to turn any agreement …


Governor: Wash. school reform is required

Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she’ll keep lawmakers in Olympia until they resolve their debate over school reform.


Gregoire says special session a possibility

With lawmakers racing to negotiate a budget and tax package, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday it’s possible she’ll need to call a special session to extend the talks beyond Thursday’s …


No Wash. special legislative session

Gov. Chris Gregoire will not call a special legislative session for lawmakers to finish their last few bits of work on the state budget, officials said Thursday.


Gregoire to call lawmakers back

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday night, ending …


Gregoire intends to call special session

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday that she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish up budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday …


Police Seek Restoration Of Warrant Checks Agencies Invoke Names Of Ted Bundy, Timothy Mcveigh To Make Their Case

State, county and city police agencies pleaded with Washington lawmakers Wednesday for clear legal authority to run criminal warrant checks when they stop motorists and jaywalkers. A driver might also …


Locke Calls Session On Warrant Checks Lawmakers Will Make Four-Word Change In Law

Gov. Gary Locke, acting quickly to restore a key police authority struck down by the state Supreme Court, on Monday called lawmakers into emergency session next week. The one-day minisession, …