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Ecology director resigning

Washington Ecology Director Maia Bellon will resign at the end of the year, she announced Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

State of Washington proposes new overtime pay rules

State agency proposes new salary standards for exempting some workers from overtime pay.


Spin Control: Tips for tracking the Legislature from across the state

Keeping up with the Legislature from Spokane can be difficult. We offer some suggestions to make it easier.


Washington state gets high marks for integrity

OLYMPIA – Washington is among the least “corruptible” states in the nation, while Idaho placed 40th out of 50 in a scorecard released Monday. Two watchdog organizations, the Center for …


Tuesday is furlough day for most state employees

Tuesday is another furlough day for most Washington state employees. Because of the Presidents Day holidcay, that makes a four-day stretch without access to many state offices.


State sued over school funding

SEATTLE – Right in the middle of a recession that has created the worst atmosphere for school budgeting in decades, a coalition of Washington school districts, parents, teachers and community …


In Olympia, huge repair job awaits lawmakers

OLYMPIA – Each January, by tradition, Washington’s top lawmakers choose theme songs for the upcoming session. Most are lighthearted. Speaking to reporters last week, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown read …


Eyman files tax-cap initiative

Undeterred by voters’ rejection of his last ballot measure at the polls in November, initiative pitchman Tim Eyman — baby in hand — today filed his “Lower Property Taxes Initiative” …


Atheists’ sign stolen, revving up controversy

OLYMPIA – The controversy over an atheist group’s display in the state Capitol continued Friday, as a thief made off with the sign, which was dropped off hours later at …