Fueled by money from outside the 26th District and out-of-state, the state legislative race between Jan Angel and Nathan Schlicher is on pace to set a record for spending. The winner, whoever it is, will bring a diverse background to the Senate. But their histories couldn't be much more different.
New mental-health services for children required under a recent legal settlement will eventually cost the state an estimated $32 million every year.
The federal government shutdown has prompted big cutbacks at the state Employment Security Department, which on Tuesday put half of its 1,669 staffers on furlough or reduced hours.
Gov. Jay Inslee says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on a controversial ballot measure to require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.
A state lawmaker wants to make sure he and his co-workers have to pay if they are stopped for speeding.
Advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales in Washington state plan to submit their first batch of initiative petition signatures next week, the Secretary of State’s Office said Friday.
Wanted: A bank for state government. Must offer attentive customer service. Must be able to handle several deposits a day, with drop-offs of up to 40 bags at a time. Must allow an account to be overdrafted during the day by more than $1.2 billion.
A ballot proposal to require labels on food products containing genetically modified ingredients would seem to be all about public health and science. But voters won’t hear proponents saying much about that in the political campaign that is just heating up over Initiative 522, the food-labeling measure on Washington’s statewide Nov. 5 ballot.
Washington’s top economic forecaster, Steve Lerch, says the slow-recovering economy and tax changes approved by the Legislature are expected to generate $368 million more revenue for state operations than he last predicted the state would collect by mid-2015.
The state Public Disclosure Commission’s network was breached earlier this month, though officials Tuesday said no information was compromised.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he will hire a full-time employee devoted to government transparency.
A local campaign being waged at community fairs and chambers of commerce has drawn the attention of Big Tobacco, Big Beer and a San Francisco billionaire fighting global warming.
It’s a joke shared privately among some state lawmakers in Olympia: Go ahead, drive as fast as you want on the way to the Capitol. You won’t get a ticket — it’s the law.
Gov. Jay Inslee has raised the pay for about half of his 25 major-agency Cabinet positions since taking office in January.
Washington lawmakers are considering limiting state government’s ability to force citizens to act against their religious beliefs.
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