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August 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Study: Washington has one of highest sales-tax rates in country

Consumers in Washington state pay the fourth highest sales taxes in the country, according to a new data from the Tax Foundation. The report on combined state and local sales taxes put Washington’s average rate at 8.87 percent — a 6.5 percent state tax plus an average 2.37 percent local tax rate. In Seattle, the…


Comments | More in State government | Topics: Gary Alexander, reuven carlyle, sales tax

May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

State analysis shows King County pays more in taxes than it gets

Democratic State Rep. Reuven Carlyle released a new state analysis showing King County is a large net exporter of tax dollars to the rest of the state. Carlyle, of Seattle, contends there’s a misconception in the Legislature and elsewhere “that tax dollars are consumed by city living, whether that’s social programs or…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Gary Alexander, legislature, Rep. Reuven Carlyle

March 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

House Republicans hope to put $556 million more into education

OLYMPIA — State House Republicans unveiled an education budget proposal Thursday that would increase K-12 spending by $556 million without raising taxes over the next two years. The budget would dedicate $817 million to respond to a state Supreme Court order to increase basic education funding, including by expanding full-day kindergarten, reducing class sizes in kindergarten…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: budget, education, Gary Alexander

January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. State Sen. Rodney Tom A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson…


Comments | More in Education, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: dry cleaning, Gary Alexander, gender neutral language

January 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Gary Alexander to serve double duty as Thurston County auditor, state lawmaker

From The Olympian: The Thurston County commission unanimously chose state Rep. Gary Alexander on Tuesday to replace newly elected Secretary of State Kim Wyman as county auditor. The Olympia Republican will serve as auditor until the November election. Then, he will have to run to retain the seat. He said if he is elected in November, he will consider resigning…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Gary Alexander, Kim Wyman, Thurston County auditor

January 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Are lawmakers in Olympia taking taxpayers to the cleaners? Actually, yes

The Associated Press A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done. Then he made sure taxpayers paid the bill. Alexander, the Republican budget writer in the state House, billed more than $500 worth of dry-cleaning fees to the…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Gary Alexander, Washington State Legislature