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Lawmakers reach budget-cutting deal

After days of last-minute, late-night negotiations, Democratic budget writers in Olympia greed Wednesday on a state budget with about $4 billion in cuts to schools, higher education, social services, health …


Tattoo and body piercing parlors soon could be regulated

The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure that requires body piercers and tattooers to be licensed by the state. The measure now heads to Gov. Chris Gregoire.


New Washington law: Breastfeeding is a civil right

Breastfeeding in public places will soon be considered a civil right in Washington, where lawmakers and Gov. Chris Gregoire just added breastfeeding to the things protected by the state’s anti-discrimination …


Bill would benefit University District

OLYMPIA – Spokane’s University District and the area between Pullman and Moscow stand to get millions of dollars in improvements under a bill lawmakers approved Monday. Senate Bill 5045 now …


Washington drivers may be asked for parks funds

OLYMPIA – In a move designed to stave off the closure of dozens of state parks, the state House voted Monday to ask motorists to pay an extra $5 a …


Lawmakers OK bill funding U District improvements

OLYMPIA – Spokane’s University District and the area between Pullman and Moscow stand to get millions of dollars in improvements under a bill lawmakers approved Monday.


Sales-tax increase could reach ballot

OLYMPIA – Dozens of health care workers and advocates for the poor Friday urged state lawmakers to push ahead with a proposed $1 billion sales-tax increase over the next three …


Health care groups push for sales-tax hike

Health care groups and advocates for low-income families are hoping lawmakers will ask voters to raise sales taxes.


Tax, fee plans may induce sticker shock

OLYMPIA – As Olympia struggles to agree on a major tax plan to send to voters in November, they’re also talking about a lot of small things that will never …


Deal close on Washington school-funding overhaul

OLYMPIA – In an eleventh-hour push, education advocates are calling on lawmakers and the governor to update the decades-old rule that spells out what the state should pay for in …


Lawmakers propose sales tax increase

OLYMPIA – Voters this fall may find themselves asked this question: Would you be willing to pay a slightly higher sales tax if the millions of dollars it raises went …


In brief: House backs plan to join popular-vote compact

Washington could enter a compact with other states to cast its 11 presidential electoral votes for the national popular vote winner, under a measure approved by the Legislature. The House …


Wash. Senate OKs bill to restore voting for felons

The Senate has approved a bill that would let tens of thousands of felons get their voting rights back sooner.


Guest opinion: Justice worth the cost

What is the price of justice? In 2005, the price of justice in the state of Washington was three-tenths of 1 percent. That was the amount that the state spent …


Washington auto dealers get OK to charge higher fees

Car buyers are likely to be paying an extra $100 soon, after Washington lawmakers passed a bill intended to raise millions of dollars for struggling auto dealers. Gov. Chris Gregoire …


Sales tax increase could go before state voters

OLYMPIA – Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp said Thursday that there’s a “better than 50-50” chance that voters will be asked to approve a sales tax increase this fall. As …


Outdoors bill out of committee

Sportsmen in Washington soon may find themselves with lighter wallets, a chance to fish with two poles and at least a couple of new wildlife commissioners. Substitute House Bill 1778 …


Brown, Chopp weighing state income tax

OLYMPIA – For years in Washington’s capital, state income tax proposals have been viewed much like those periodic bills to declare Eastern Washington a 51st state. They’re attention-getters aimed at …


Schools take hit in either state budget plan

Neither of the proposed state spending plans being assembled by each legislative chamber in Olympia contains good news for schools. But if Kettle Falls School District Superintendent Greg Goodnight had …


Millions proposed for Eastern Washington construction

Finally, some good budget news out of Olympia. State lawmakers on Wednesday proposed billions of dollars on construction spending over the next two years, including millions for local universities, community …


House budget proposal digs deeper into higher education

OLYMPIA – A day after the Senate, House lawmakers proposed a budget plan that slices much deeper into higher education but spares K-12 education from some major cuts.


Proposed Washington budget includes large cuts

OLYMPIA – After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations and speculation, the state Senate on Monday proposed a two-year plan to bridge Washington’s $9 billion budget shortfall.


Bill latest volley in fishing war

OLYMPIA – Trying to broker a truce in a long-running dispute, state lawmakers are considering stripping the state Fish and Wildlife Commission of its role overseeing commercial fishing. The move …


Lawmakers target Fish and Wildlife Commission

Trying to broker a truce in a long-running dispute, lawmakers are considering stripping the state Fish and Wildlife Commission of its role overseeing commercial fishing. The move – likely to …


Senate road plan includes Spokane projects

OLYMPIA – The state Senate on Wednesday proposed a $4.3 billion transportation budget that would include $38 million more for the North Spokane Corridor and $250,000 for work on a …


Marmot scurries toward state title

It’s cute, it’s friendly, it greets others of its kind by touching noses and smelling cheeks. It likes to sunbathe on rocks and hang out in the summer along Hurricane …


Bill takes on Pinecroft again

OLYMPIA – It doesn’t look like a battleground, but a Spokane Valley mobile home park is again at the heart of a state clash between environmental concerns and affordable housing. …


Lawmakers target mobile home septic systems

It doesn’t look like a battleground, but a Spokane Valley mobile home park is once again at the heart of a state clash between environmental concerns and affordable housing.


Bill eases voting obstacle for felons

OLYMPIA – For tens of thousands of convicted felons in Washington state, only one thing stands between them and the ballot box: debt. Under current law, felons can’t vote until …


Lawmakers urged to fix U.S. 195 intersection

OLYMPIA – Two months to the day after a 16-year-old motorist was killed pulling onto U.S. Highway 195, her family and friends traveled to Olympia to call on state lawmakers …