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Our View: House rekindles hope despite WEA opposition

Unless political leadership in Olympia takes charge, school reform could end with a whimper. Two bills that carried the tenets of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Washington Learns initiative and the Legislature’s …


Labor group’s threat kills bill

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers have killed a labor-backed bill and called for a Washington State Patrol investigation after an organized labor group threatened to tie votes to campaign donations. “The …


Bill killed after e-mail threat from labor group

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers have killed a labor-backed bill and called for a State Patrol investigation after an organized labor group threatened to tie votes to campaign donations.


Senate OKs more same-sex rights

OLYMPIA – Two years after Washington launched a controversial domestic partners registry for same-sex couples, the state Senate late Tuesday voted to grant the partners virtually all the rights of …


Senate approves youth concussion bill

OLYMPIA – Prompted by the case of a high school football player paralyzed after suffering two concussions, Washington’s state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would require a medical …


Washington Senate approves rights for same-sex couples

OLYMPIA – Two years after Washington launched a controversial domestic partners registry for same-sex couples, the state Senate late Tuesday voted to grant the partners virtually all the rights of …


Budget crisis hits close to home

As budget writers in the statehouse huddle behind closed doors, thousands of people across Eastern Washington – college students, single moms, elderly people, workers and taxpayers – have a big …


Court rejects challenge to anti-tax measure

OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into the middle of a family fight, Washington’s highest court on Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure.


State park may be at risk

OLYMPIA – As state park officials wrestle with a budget cut of up to $23 million over the next two years, they’re considering temporarily closing – or permanently getting rid …


Mount Spokane among parks considered for closure

OLYMPIA – As state park officials wrestle with a budget cut of up to $23 million over the next two years, they’re considering temporarily closing – or permanently getting rid …


Politics gets personal with flurry of bills

OLYMPIA – In the first of several days of marathon debate, Washington lawmakers Tuesday passed bills to protect breastfeeding mothers, help churches shelter the homeless, and provide emergency access to …


Update to dog law unleashes outcry

OLYMPIA – No, lawmakers aren’t declaring open season on Fido. On Monday, Washington’s state Senate approved one of the most misunderstood bills of the year: Senate Bill 5200.


Lawmakers want union for state child care workers

OLYMPIA – With state child care subsidies well below the actual cost of caring for enrolled kids, some Spokane-area workers and lawmakers say it’s time to give the industry more …


State to cut fish, wildlife employees

OLYMPIA – Managers at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have been telling more than 100 workers this week that their jobs may be axed, a victim of the …


Our View: Payday loan measure would help the poor

Legislation has been introduced in Olympia to curb practices that trap desperate borrowers under crushing debt. The measure would reduce the fees that could be charged by payday lenders. It …


Children’s programs defended

OLYMPIA – Armed with barbecued chicken and ribs, children’s advocates from Spokane made a pilgrimage to Olympia on Monday to urge local lawmakers to look elsewhere when making billions of …


Plant’s electricity could gain value with ‘renewable’ status

OLYMPIA – How do you instantly boost the value of the electricity generated by Spokane’s waste-to-energy incinerator? You declare it renewable energy.


Bill would turn Waste to Energy Plant green

OLYMPIA – How do you instantly boost the value of the electricity generated by Spokane’s waste-to-energy incinerator? You declare it renewable energy.


Lawmakers propose back-to-basics plan for road money

Top House and Senate lawmakers this afternoon unveiled their plan for spending $341 million in federal transportation money that’s coming to the state from President Obama’s economic stimulus plan.


Officials clash over health board

OLYMPIA – In what one senator described as “Spokane versus Spokane,” health and government officials clashed Monday over a proposal to remove most of the elected officials who now oversee …


Studded tires not worth cost to state’s roads, senator says

OLYMPIA – To state Sen. Chris Marr, it’s a simple cost-benefit analysis. The cost: an estimated $18.2 million a year in state road damage from metal tire studs hammering away …


Lawmaker seeks studded-tire ban

OLYMPIA – To state Sen. Chris Marr, it’s a simple cost-benefit analysis. The cost: an estimated $18.2 million a year in state road damage from metal tire studs hammering away …


Elected officials oppose effort to remove elected officials from health board

OLYMPIA – In what one senator described as “Spokane versus Spokane,” health and government officials clashed Monday over a proposal to remove most of the elected officials who now oversee …


Bill would undo wheat farmers’ tax breaks

Washington wheat farmers are upset about legislation that would undo tax breaks they have enjoyed since the Great Depression.


Washington budget gets billions worse

OLYMPIA – Saying that “everything we feared could go wrong, did,” Washington’s economic forecaster Thursday said state revenues will likely drop another $2.3 billion by mid-2011, bringing the overall budget …


Oil fee would fund pollution cleanup

SEATTLE – Storm water runoff is a leading source of water pollution in the state, but who should pay to keep rivers, lakes and waters clean? Some lawmakers and environmentalists …


Lawmakers seek to limit inmates’ access to records

SEATTLE – An entrepreneurial spirit struck Allan Parmelee last fall as he sat in a Washington state prison, serving 17 years for bombing the cars of two attorneys. He wrote …


Budget shortfall grows to $8 billion

OLYMPIA – Saying that “everything we feared could go wrong, did,” Washington state’s economic weather forecaster on Thursday said state revenues will likely drop another $2.3 billion by mid-2011, bringing …


Washington state deficit will top $8 billion

OLYMPIA — Washington’s tax revenue is expected to drop another $2.3 billion through mid-2011, pushing the state’s projected deficit to about $8.3 billion, state officials said Thursday.


Lawmakers whittle down cap-trade plan

OLYMPIA – A controversial “cap and trade” plan that would put Washington at the forefront of efforts to combat global warming has been dramatically watered down under pressure from businesses …