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March 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Senate votes to make Medina, Seattle pay bridge cost overruns – and changes mind

The state Senate on Tuesday voted to force Medina property owners and the City of Seattle to pay for any cost overruns associated with construction of the new Highway 520 bridge, and then had second thoughts. The back story? Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, proposed an amendment to the Senate’s transportation budget that would restate existing law…

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March 4, 2014 at 3:47 PM

School construction bill gets love in House, cool reception in Senate

The state House on Tuesday, by a whopping 90 to 7 vote, approved a proposal to spend $700 million on the construction of new classrooms. The lopsided vote in the House, however, may have little bearing on how the measure will do in the Senate. “I don’t see it getting much traction in our caucus,” said state…

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March 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Prospect of transportation tax package fades in Olympia

It’s increasingly unlikely state lawmakers will move forward with a multi-billion dollar transportation tax package before the regular session ends on March 13. Negotiators say they’re still stuck on many of the same issues that have bogged down talks for more than a year. Both sides accuse each other playing politics — always an odd accusation…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: gas tax, tax package, transportation

February 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

State Senate proposes $96 million increase in state spending

The state Senate on Monday released a proposed budget that would throw some additional money into public schools but nowhere near the amount called for by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. Inslee last month called for putting an additional $200 million into K-12 education, including cost-of-living pay increases for teachers. The budget released by…

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February 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

House approves bill on financial aid to students brought to U.S. illegally

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers found something they could agree on Tuesday — allowing students brought here illegally as children to be eligible for financial aid. The House voted 75 to 22 to pass Senate Bill 6523 and send it to the governor, who has said he supports the legislation. The measure, approved by the Senate last…

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February 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Peyton Manning could not be consoled, says Gov. Inslee

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee says he felt bad for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning when he encountered him walking alone after the Seahawks trounced his team 43 to 8 this past Sunday in the Super Bowl. Inslee was leaving MetLife Stadium down a long hallway when he saw the quarterback. “He’s all alone. There was no entourage…

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February 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Union members plan to picket Gov. Inslee speech in Lynnwood

Some Boeing Machinists, still angry about the recent contract vote that secured production of the 777X in Washington state, plan to picket an aerospace conference Gov. Jay Inslee will speak to Wednesday night. “Governor Inslee disrespected union members and acted against the labor community who he has promised to protect,” Shannon Ryker, a member of Machinists…

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