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April 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Proposition 1 defeat still clear, despite tiny gain in votes today

New ballot counts Wednesday afternoon show tiny percentage gains and an insurmountable deficit for Proposition 1, the King County measure to increase sales tax and car-tab fee, to fund buses and roads. Proposition 1 now has 187,324 yes votes, 0r 45.49 percent; the no side has 224,441 votes, or 54.51 percent. That compares to 44.72 percent approval in…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: King County Metro Transit, Proposition 1

April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Inslee vetoes drone bill

The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that would have placed new regulations on police use of drones in Washington state. The News Tribune reports the governor also announced Friday he will prevent state agencies from buying or using the technology for the next 15 months. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill…


Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: drones, gov. jay inslee, Washington State Legislature

January 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

GOP lawmaker: Seattle should pay for any tunnel overruns

By CHRIS GRYGIEL The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The problems facing two state transportation “megaprojects” will loom large over discussions in the Legislature this year to raise the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and transit throughout Washington. Leading lawmakers said at an Associated Press legislative forum Thursday that recent issues with the State Highway 520 bridge…


Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: Alaskan Way Viaduct, Highway 520 bridge, Highway 99 tunnel

November 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

SeaTac minimum-wage measure leads by 46 votes

By The Associated Press A ballot measure that seeks to establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac is leading by 46 votes. After Saturday’s ballot drop, Proposition 1 was passing with 2,936 “yes” votes compared to 2,890 “no” votes. On election night, it was leading by a 261-vote margin — a decent gap in a…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: minimum wage, Proposition 1, Sea Tac

October 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Inslee says federal shutdown hurting state

By Phuong Le The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that the impacts from a partial federal government shutdown are already being felt across the state. Inslee, a Democrat, squarely blamed House Republicans and told reporters at a news conference Sunday that the problems could be easily fixed if House Speaker John Boehner would bring a clean…


Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest, State government | Topics: Casey Ingels, federal government shutdown, gov. jay inslee

June 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Transportation tax proponents urge state Senate to pass bill

By Staff Reporter Colin Campbell The parking lot of the Bellevue Burgermaster was filled Friday morning with people hungry, not for burgers, but for state transportation funding. A coalition of local elected officials and businesspeople gathered at the fast food joint near I-520 to again urge the state Senate to pass a $10 billion transportation tax package…


Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: dow constantine, Maud Daudon, Washington Legislature

April 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

State Senate issues ‘bare bones’ transportation budget

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A bipartisan group of state senators released a transportation budget proposal Wednesday that both sides call “bare bones.” The $8.7 billion proposal, released Wednesday, puts $4.1 billion into maintaining and improving roads, banks $200 million in projected toll revenue toward the Alaskan Way Viaduct project and puts $1.2 billion toward servicing bonding debt. The plan…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Sen. Curtis King, Sen. Tracey Eide, transportation

April 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Kreidler recovering from heart surgery

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is recovering after heart surgery. Kreidler, 69, underwent the scheduled bypass and heart valve-replacement surgery Monday at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Doctors had detected a heart murmur several months ago. Acting Chief Deputy Deb McCurley will fill in for Kreidler while he’s out. Staff says that Kreidler…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: heart surgery, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler

March 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Key lawmaker says money lacking for state ‘Dream Act’

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A key Washington state lawmaker says state funds are too scarce to extend college aid to illegal immigrants. The statements by Republican Sen. Barbara Bailey dim the prospects of the measure supporters call the Washington Dream Act. Writing Friday in Washington Focus, Bailey said the state makes too many promises it can’t…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Sen. Barbara Bailey, Sen. Rodney Tom, state Dream Act

March 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Inslee to talk taxes and spending this morning

Gov. Jay Inslee will meet with reporters at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss how he intends to close the state’s budget shortfall — projected at up to $1.3 billion — and boost education spending as ordered by the state Supreme Court. Watch the governor’s presentation live on TVW, and come back to for…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: budget, gov. jay inslee

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