The next state budget is the last one that could make a difference for the McCleary kids.
When he goes before the state’s highest court Sept. 3, asking it to hold state government in contempt of court, Tom Ahearne’s goal is to stand up.
The Sound Transit Board Thursday approved Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mike Harbour as the acting head of the agency, as CEO Joni Earl stays on medical leave.
Few pot growers will have had enough time to raise a crop and turn it into a drug ready to be smoked, let alone the further processing needed to make the extracts and pot-infused food that are growing in popularity.
Insurance regulator Kreidler wants health policies to stop excluding treatments for transgender people
State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler sent a letter to Washington health insurers Wednesday urging them to cover medical services needed by transgender people. In a news release, he said that insurers covering medically necessary services cannot deny those services based on a patient’s gender status or identity.
Budget writers reached a bipartisan agreement on both the two-year operating budget in 2013 and again on a supplemental operating budget this year. Now it’s election season, and it appears the gloves are already coming off. This time it’s over Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget exercises, which are meant to create some flexibility for his next biennial budget in December.
After years of wrangling, proposed tougher shoreline restrictions for Lake Tapps have been dropped, county leaders say. After years of wrangling between state and local officials, proposed tougher shoreline restrictions for Lake Tapps have been dropped, county leaders say.
Oil by rail data shows 10-15 trains of Bakken crude move weekly through Thurston County, 11-16 go in Pierce
The state Military Department has publicly released oil-trains data from four operators of rail lines that carry the volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and Montana inside Washington state.
Federal rules require 45 days for transit on overseas ballots; more than 64,000 to receive them
For years, all but two of Washington state’s pension plans have been considered among the best funded in the country - with more money amassed in them than is needed to cover expected payouts. The rosy picture is changing as the state moves to a new formula that reflects that lifespans for retired workers keeps getting longer. By one measure, the change means state pension plans are underfunded by $4.4 billion.
Assessed home values in Pierce County jumped nearly 10 percent this year, marking the second straight year they have risen with an improved economy and real estate market.
The $65.5 million, three-part contract is contingent on the sharply divided Legislature approving construction funds to complete the $82 million project.
A real-estate firm with plans to buy former farmland in Puyallup and build a 470,000-square-foot warehouse project there has sued the city.
Washington’s latest revenue forecast said $387 million in extra state revenue is expected over the next three years, but state costs are rising, too - including more than $1.5 billion for public schools that comes due next year as a result of the McCleary school funding court case.
After bandying around ideas Tuesday, the board’s citizen and legislator members agreed only that a cap should be between three and 52 meals a year.
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