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November 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Inslee tapped for Obama climate task force

President Barack Obama has selected Gov. Jay Inslee and 25 other elected officials to serve on a climate change task force. Inslee’s office on Friday said the panel will include governors, mayors, county officials and tribal leaders from a range of states and communities. “Washingtonians are every day seeing the dangerous effects of climate change in more devastating…

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Comments | More in Environment, Government | Topics: climate-change task force, Inslee, Obama

September 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Former state Senate Democratic campaign official charged with theft

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has filed theft charges against Michael King, the former executive director of the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, for alleging embezzling between $250,000 and $300,000 from the group. King has made a “full confession” to police and blamed the theft on a drinking and gambling problem, according to charging documents filed Tuesday…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: King County Prosecuting Attorney Office, Michael King, theft

January 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Despite snow, state Legislature is in session

  The roads are snow packed and the sidewalks are ideal for cross country skiing, but the Legislature is in session today with a near normal – albeit lightly attended – hearing schedule. Some meetings in the afternoon, including ones scheduled by the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Transportation Committee were…

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Comments | More in Government, Weather Beat | Topics: Legislature, Olympia, snow

November 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Gregoire proposes half-cent state sales tax increase

Gov. Chris Gregoire will propose sending voters a half-cent sales tax increase that would expire in three years as a way to help balance the state budget, according to sources close to the discussions. The sales tax would bring in close to $500 million annually and be largely used to help fund education. The tax is…

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Comments | More in Education, General news, Government | Topics: education, Gov. Chris Gregoire, sales taxes

November 17, 2011 at 9:57 AM

State's latest economic forecast: Things are no worse

For the first time in more than a year, there was no major bad news in the state forecast of tax collections. The state’s chief economist, Arun Raha, projects the state will collect $122 million less in taxes than had been forecast between now and June 2013. But state officials say that’s expected to be offset by…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: budget, collection, economic

November 9, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Voters reject Eyman's tolling initiative, I-1125

Voters have rejected a Tim Eyman initiative aimed at restricting the use of highway tolls and blocking light rail from the Interstate 90 bridge. The latest vote tally on Wednesday showed Initiative 1125 was falling too far behind to catch up with the remaining votes. Eyman wasn’t conceding Wednesday night. “Considering how much I-1125’s opponents outspent us, we…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: 520 bridge, elections, I-90 bridge

November 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Eyman's tolling measure loses ground in latest vote count

Tim Eyman’s tolling measure, Initiative 1125, fell deeper in a hole with the latest vote tallies released this afternoon. With more than a dozen counties reporting so far today, including King County, I-1125 was losing 51.42 percent to 48.58 percent. On Tuesday night it trailed 50.9 to 49.1. More telling however, is that the no vote is…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Elections; tolls; 520 bridge; I-90 bridge; Tim Eyman

November 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Judge rejects effort to withhold Ref. 71 signatures

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle on Tuesday rejected a motion by Protect Marriage Washington to block public release of Referendum 71 petitions while they appeal an earlier ruling by him that the public is entitled to the records. Settle had ruled in October that Protect Marriage Washington had provided no compelling evidence of threats or harassment…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: Federal court

October 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Gregoire outlines $2 billion in widespread budget cuts

UPDATE:  Read the latest version of this story. Gov. Chris Gregoire today proposed $2 billion in budget cuts that would increase class sizes in public schools, eliminate subsidized health insurance for the working poor and cut the length of supervision for inmates released from prison. That’s just a start. In all, the governor has proposed…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: budget cuts, Gov. Chris Gregoire, State budget

October 26, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Gregoire wants to renegotiate state employee health-care benefits

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget director is asking state employee unions to reopen their 2011-13 health-care benefits agreement in an attempt to cut state costs. In a letter sent to the unions Wednesday, Budget Director Marty Brown noted that the most recent state revenue forecast showed projected tax collections are down substantially. The governor is expected to release…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: health-care benefits, state employees

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