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February 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Former Kirkland mayor to run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom

Joan McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland, will run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom as a Democrat in this year’s top-two primary election. Democrats have said they plan to target Tom, D-Medina, because he crossed party lines last year to help give Republicans control of the state Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on…


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February 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Special session in December for tax package?

Senate Transportation Committee Co-Chairman Curtis King on Monday suggested holding a special session in December — after the November election — to complete a transportation tax package. King said it’s increasingly unlikely the Legislature will get a deal this session, given that it ends March 13. “There seems to be less of a will among everybody,” King,…


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January 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Statewide paid sick leave required under bill passed by House

House Democrats passed a bill Wednesday that would require all employers with more than four full-time workers to provide paid sick leave. House Bill 1313, which now goes to the Senate, would require companies to provide sick leave on a tiered scale. The more people a business employs, the more sick leave it would…


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January 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Inslee proposes closing tax breaks to fund education

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday proposed closing several tax breaks to put an additional $200 million into K-12 education between now and the end of the 2015 fiscal year. Closing the tax breaks, including repealing exemptions for bottled water and janitorial services, is also projected to bring in another $414 million during the next two-year budget…


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January 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

House GOP blasts state Supreme Court over contempt threat

More than half of the House Republican caucus sent a letter to the state Supreme Court earlier this month rebuking the justices for threatening to hold lawmakers in contempt if they don’t put more money into education. “The court lacks the authority to hold the Legislature in contempt of its decision and we, the…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: contempt, education funding, Supreme Court

January 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

GOP-led Senate demotes Sen. Hobbs to co-chairman of committee

Democratic State Sen. Steve Hobbs accused the GOP-led majority of the Senate of playing politics Monday when it made him co-chairman of the Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee. “This is the first step of them caving in to the right wing of their caucus,” Hobbs told reporters after the Senate voted 26 to 23 to…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Sen. Jan Angel, Sen. Steve Hobbs

January 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Sen. Baumgartner: Do community service to get jobless benefits

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has introduced a bill that would require people laid off from work to perform community service in order to get unemployment benefits. Senate Bill 6392 specifically requires workers to perform “at least eight hours of community service for every four weeks of unemployment benefits received.” Workers younger than 18 and older…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: community service, Michael Baumgartner, unemployment benefits

January 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

House Democrats propose $12 minimum wage

House Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would boost the state’s minimum wage nearly 30 percent, to $12 an hour, by 2017. Under the proposal, the state’s current $9.32 cent-an-hour minimum wage would increase to $10 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2015, and would get another $1 an hour bump at the beginning of…


Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: House Democrats, Jessyn Farrell

January 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

New state budget may not be needed, says Ways and Means chairman

Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill said he’s not sure the Legislature needs to pass a state operating budget this year. “You can get out of here without one.” Hill, R-Redmond, said at a news conference Wednesday, adding the GOP-led majority in the Senate would make a decision within a couple of weeks. Democrats, who control…


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