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Published February 28th, 2014 - 10:15AM
A new shared leadership arrangement in a Senate committee turned contentious Thursday as co-chairwoman Jan Angel adjourned the panel abruptly, slamming the door on a push to maintain funding for preventing homelessness.
Published February 27th, 2014 - 9:48AM
The chief investment officer of Calpers, the largest pension fund in the United States, has died after a battle with cancer, his office said on Wednesday. He was 62.
Published February 26th, 2014 - 9:57PM
Family members describe Jane Hungerford-Trapp as charismatic, smart and beautiful — someone who dealt with her fair share of inner demons, but liked to dance and have fun.
Published February 26th, 2014 - 9:33PM
A bipartisan plan for paying for public schools emerged Wednesday in the state House, offering a creative way to pay for $700 million in school construction by borrowing against $50 million a year in future state Lottery profits.
Published February 26th, 2014 - 12:47PM
House Democrats released their supplemental budget proposal at the Capitol on Wednesday, echoing the new-revenues plan outlined a day before by minority Democrats in the Senate. They would give cost of living pay adjustments to public-school teachers and raise $100 million in new revenues by closing four tax exemptions.
Published February 26th, 2014 - 3:03AM
Lawmakers from both political parties gathered under cloudy skies Tuesday to compete in an annual showing of marksmanship.
Published February 26th, 2014 - 3:00AM
Senate Democratic leaders proposed Tuesday to close four tax exemptions, including one used by oil refiners, in order to raise an extra $100.6 million for K-12 public schools this year.
Published February 25th, 2014 - 4:43PM
All statewide and local elected officials could soon be required to undergo training in the Public Records Act.
Published February 25th, 2014 - 4:13PM
Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders' VA reform bill includes provisions that would expand fertility services, offer more programs for sex assault victims and extend job training programs
Published February 25th, 2014 - 3:20PM
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday for the first time that he is convinced that lawmakers must tweak the state's teacher evaluation system so Washington can keep its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Published February 25th, 2014 - 10:10AM
It’s an increasingly tempting proposition for governors, who see the taxation of marijuana as a good way to raise money. Count Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee among the latest intrigued by the idea.
Published February 25th, 2014 - 8:29AM
The Senate will host a memorial for former state Sen. Ted Bottiger Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Reception Room of the Legislative Building. Bottiger died Jan. 23 at age 81.
Published February 24th, 2014 - 5:05PM
Human-trafficking is no longer an issue reserved for seedy back alleys in far-off countries. Recent estimates show that roughly 500 children are sold for sex every night in Seattle, and the Legislature is looking at ways to identify and rescue those in sexual slavery.
Published February 23rd, 2014 - 1:36PM
Last week’s quarterly state revenue forecast was largely flat, and that was bad news for the roughly two-thirds of state employees who have topped out in their job’s pay range. Despite a small improvement in state revenues, the increase is still too small to trigger a provision in two-year labor contracts that would have given 1 percent cost of living adjustments in pay for about 60,000 general government agency workers on July 1.
Published February 21st, 2014 - 11:56AM
Gov. Jay Inslee is considering ways he could raise the minimum wage for state employees – even as legislation to raise pay for all Washington workers is stalling in the Legislature.
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