Faster than in any other state, students in Washington are gravitating to a new kind of college education.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate-change workgroup hit a wall recently with Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the panel taking markedly different approaches to reducing carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming.
With Washington running out of room for inmates, Gov. Jay Inslee wants to start operating new space that is ready for use at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
Gov. Jay Inslee is laying out his supplemental budget request today at 11 a.m., calling for $252 million in new spending - much of it to cover increased costs for ongoing programs. The budget does not call for tax increases or closure of tax exemptions, but it does extend a research and development tax break for high-tech industry that expires in 2015.
Washingtons biggest teachers union complained Tuesday that Gov. Jay Inslees modest supplemental budget plan leaves out a 1.3 percent cost-of-living pay raise for teachers. But teachers will likely have company. The states nearly 60,000 government agency employees will probably also go another year without a inflation-based pay adjustment.
Every year over the course of the Great Recession and the slow recovery, Olympia has gathered just before Christmas for the answer to the question: How would the governor balance the budget?
In a move that avoids a shutdown like the one seen in October, all 10 Washington members including South Sound U.S. Reps. Heck and Kilmer voted in favor of the budget agreement that passed handily on Thursday. The compromise was worked out this week with the U.S. Senate which votes next.
Tacoma restaurant owner Monique Trudnowski has announced she is running for the state House in 2014, looking to represent the 28th Legislative District.
State revenue collections again topped forecasts for the past month - this time by a modest $4 million. The Office of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its report on monthly tax collections Wednesday, showing that money is still flowing as well as expected into the general fund that pays for schools, prisons and most general government functions.
Ahead of Friday's climate-change workgroup hearing in Olympia, Democrats led by Gov. Jay Inslee and Republicans led by Sen. Doug Ericksen and Rep. Shelly Short have written out their rival proposals for how the state should try to meet its goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Overflow crowds are expected for the 2 p.m. public hearing at the Capitol Campus.
When Washington state begins selling legal marijuana next year, Democratic Rep. Denny Heck figures it will result in an infusion of $1 billion a year to the economy --- all in cash. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that poses a serious challenge to the federal government.
Supporters and opponents of Washington States new charter school law both found good news in a judges ruling today that found part of the charter law unconstitutional.
Gov. Jay Inslee denied a recommendation from the state’s clemency board to grant a shortened sentence to a woman serving 22 years for her role in a deadly group attack on a 64-year-old man that occurred when she was 14.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray has to think big while also thinking local, and that means curbing federal spending while keeping federal dollars flowing back home.
Wash health exchange may be off line until Monday to fix problems that caused shutdowns since Tuesday
Washington state’s health insurance exchange remained offline Friday afternoon, following a planned shutdown of the Healthplanfinder web site earlier in the week to tend to technical problems. The hope is it can be restored to service by Monday.
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