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‘Special’ session #2 starts today

Businesses within Washington state still don't know what new taxes or tax rates might face them over the next two years. Legislators in Olympia are beginning another 30 days effort to agree on a two-year budget and how to pay for it.

May 2017

No government work for ‘wage cheats’

State and local government contracts are no longer available to any company that's been found guilty of wage theft, under a new law signed today at the state capital.

May 2017

Special session opens, action still slow

State lawmakers appear to be mostly sitting around the Legislative Building in Olympia, unwilling so far to open real negotiation dialogue to arrive at a new two-year budget. The Special Session began today, but there's no apparent progress.

April 2017

Bulldogs fans sparse at Final Four?

With much of the nation focusing on this weekend's NCAA basketball tournament championships, it appears that fans from the Carolina states may eclipse boosters of the two Pacific Northwest entries.

March 2017

Pharmacies sue on reimbursements

Pharmacies across Washington have gone to court in protest over the state Health Care Authority's process and reimbursement rate for prescriptions provided to Medicaid patients.

March 2017

More folks working = more income

Personal incomes by Washington residents grew much faster last year than those in all but two other states, and much ahead of the national average.

March 2017

Unemployment rates down again

More people in Washington went to work in February than the month before, with a net increase of 6,100 jobs statewide. As a result, the jobless rate improved both in local counties and border to border.

March 2017

‘Let the budget battle begin …’

As they head toward a projected adjournment in about a month, state legislators now have three widely divergent budget proposals to consider, following House Democrats's plan for new taxes and higher spending released today.

March 2017

GOP budget disappoints state workers

Legislative budget battles continued today with release of a two-year spending plan by Republicans that control the state senate. Absent were labor contracts negotiated by the governor and unions for most state employees.

March 2017

State revenue grows

State lawmakers will have a bit more 'pocket change' to use as they begin serious work to write a new two-year budget. The revenue forecast out today is up $247 billion for the current period and $303 million higher for next biennium.

March 2017
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