Government / Politics HEADLINES
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that state lawmakers have made progress in ongoing budget talks by at least agreeing on how much things will actually cost.
A new state audit is calling for automatic notifications when someone like a foster parent or child-care worker is suspected of committing a crime any time after they've already passed an initial background check.
More than 400 nonunion city workers mostly Tacoma Public Utilities employees are set to receive what officials are calling market-driven rate adjustments and other pay increases totaling $5.1 million over the next two years, under a proposal headed for a City Council vote Tuesday.
On a Wednesday night in late February, the state House Education Committee chairwoman met with Lucinda Young and James Regan over dinner at Gardner’s Seafood & Pasta Restaurant.
Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind when state lawmakers return to special session on May 13.
Republicans in the state Senate want to revive a handful of controversial education-reform measures during upcoming budget negotiations, including giving principals veto authority over teacher transfers, assigning letter grades to schools, and intervening when students can’t read well by third grade.
Former Gov. Chris Gregoire's $159,608 pension, the most of any retiree from state general government, would not be nearly as high except it falls under rules abolished in 1977. She benefits because her government career started earlier.
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Pat Kohler as the new director of the Department of Licensing, pulling Kohler from the Liquor Control Board that is in the middle of writing rules for the state’s brand new marijuana industry.
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Kim Roscoe, a former Fife City Council member, was chosen last week to fill a vacant city council position.
The state Department of Social and Health Services announced Friday that it will investigate Behavioral Health Resources because BHR did not notify the state when it terminated a counselor in December after a finding of unprofessional conduct.
After the legislative day ends at the Capitol, its common for lobbyists and lawmakers to meet for dinner at one of several usually higher-end Olympia restaurants. This is where, over a meal, perhaps a bottle of Washington wine, the work continues.
Washington finalized swift changes to the state’s definition of marijuana Wednesday after prosecutors and crime lab scientists expressed concern about the technical aspects of a voter-approved legalization initiative.
Pierce Transit has won a $1.1 million state grant to increase bus service on the Pacific Avenue corridor between Parkland and downtown Tacoma.
More than 5,000 products, including clothing, toys and bedding, contain toxic chemicals that could be dangerous for children's health, yet stores still stock them and consumers know little about their content, an advocacy group reported this week.
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