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January 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Republicans stand by assertions Inslee plans low-carbon fuel standards

GOP Sen. Curtis King on Friday called on Gov. Jay Inslee to “categorically deny” he has plans to unilaterally impose low-carbon fuel standards, and stood by his contention that such a policy would drive up fuel costs. King, in a tit for tat exchange, was responding to an earlier letter sent by…

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January 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Inslee proposes wage increase for teachers, boost to minimum wage

Gov. Jay Inslee shakes hands after giving his State of the State address in the House of Representatives this afternoon in Olympia. Inslee proposed an additional $200 million for public schools, some of which would go toward cost-of-living pay increases for teachers. (Photo by ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES) Gov. Jay Inslee, saying…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: COLA, teachers

January 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Voter concern drops for state budget, spending; economy still top priority

Poll by Stuart Elway A new poll by Stuart Elway found that voter concern about the state budget and spending has dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession hit. As it has since 2009, the economy remained the top priority for voters. The survey of 408 registered voters last week found that only 17 percent…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: economy, poll, state budget

January 7, 2014 at 3:34 PM

State Sen. Paull Shin resigns, citing Alzheimer’s as factor

State Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds, is stepping down from the Senate. He cited Alzheimer’s disease as a factor in a prepared statement. Shin, who is 78, was elected to the Senate in 1998. When campaigning, he’d often tell his life story, of being an orphan living on the streets in Korea and being adopted at age…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Paull Shinn, Washington Senate

January 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Eyman: Put constitutional amendment on ballot, or else

Tim Eyman proposed a new initiative on Monday that would chop billions out of the state budget unless the Legislature moves ahead with a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote to approve new taxes. The state Supreme Court ruled last year that requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes is unconstitutional…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: amendment, constitution, Eyman

December 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Washington state ranks high for volunteerism

Washington ranks 9th in the nation for volunteerism with nearly 2 million residents serving 254 million total hours in 2012, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2013 report.   According to the report, 34.5 percent of the state’s residents ages 16 years and older volunteer. Utah topped the rankings with 43.8 percent…

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December 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

$140,000 job with City of Seattle goes to former state Sen. Nick Harper

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray has hired former state Sen. Nick Harper as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. Harper abruptly resigned as a state Senator last month saying in a statement that “unfortunately my work in Olympia takes me away from my family far too much. They deserve a full-time husband and father…

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December 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

No deal on transportation-tax package this year; talks to continue

Legislative leaders said Wednesday there will be no special session to pass a multibillion dollar transportation package, but talks will continue during the regular session that starts in January. Negotiators from both parties gathered Wednesday in the governor’s office for their 12th round of talks  since the Legislature adjourned earlier this year, only to emerge after several…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: gov. jay inslee, Highway 520 bridge, transportation tax package

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