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April 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom, 50, a polarizing figure who started his career as a Republican before becoming a Democrat and then switching his caucus allegiances, cited health…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: rodney tom, Washington 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…

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

November 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Legislature takes first step on Boeing tax incentives

OLYMPIA — The House Finance Committee approved a proposal Friday to extend tax breaks for Boeing and other aerospace industries. House Bill 2089 goes to House Appropriations next and then, presumably, the House floor. The Senate is expected to take up companion legislation Friday as well. Boeing has asked for the extension, paired with other…

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July 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Initiative filed to name Skagit River bridge after Tim Eyman

An initiative to the Legislature was filed Wednesday that would apparently name the infamous Skagit River bridge — that collapsed on Interstate 5 in May – after Tim Eyman. The measure reads: “That portion of state route number 5 from the junction with state route number 538 in Mount Vernon, thence northerly to the…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: initiative, Skagit River bridge, Tim Eyman

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…

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

June 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

State House might try new vote on $10 billion transportation tax package

A $10 billion transportation tax package failed in the state House on Wednesday when it didn’t muster the 50 votes needed for passage. Democrats control the House with a 55-seat majority, but seven members of their caucus voted against the proposal and one was excused from voting. Only one Republican voted for it, and…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: transportation budget, 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…

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

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…

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

March 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Gov. Inslee gets first bill through the Legislature

OLYMPIA — The state House passed legislation Monday aimed at developing ways to reduce state greenhouse-gas emissions, and meet targets set by the Legislature in 2008. The measure already passed the Senate and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee, who had requested the legislation. It’s the first bill requested by Inslee to clear the Legislature. More

0 Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, Washington Legislature

March 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Good news, for once, from state revenue forecast

Budget writers got a rare dose of good news Wednesday. The latest tax-revenue projections show a net plus to the state’s bottom line. A revenue forecast released Wednesday projects the state will take in $59 million more than expected in the current fiscal year and $19 million less over the next two years. Bottom line: Budget…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: gov. jay inslee, revenue forecast, Washington Legislature

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