Olympia

Session Ends With Hirst Unresolved, Capital Budget Not Passed

The governor says he is willing to convene yet another special session if an agreement can be reached.

 

Lawmakers Running Out of Time to Solve the Hirst Riddle

If legislators can’t figure it out before Thursday night, the capital budget is unlikely to pass.

 

Despite Budget Progress, Legislators Still Have Work to Do

Water rights and car tabs are still on the docket.

 

State Budget Passed, Avoiding Government Shutdown

The $43.7 billion budget didn’t become public until early Friday and received no public hearing before lawmakers voted.

Budget Deal Raises State Property Tax to Fund Schools

The increase will raise $7.3 billion.

There’s a Budget Deal, But Even Some Lawmakers Don’t Know What It Is

One senator called the process “very disheartening.”

Deal Reached to Ease the Stakes of High School Graduation Tests

The biology requirement would be suspended, while students who fail English and math exams would be provided a pathway to graduation.

As Third Special Session Begins, Lawmakers Struggle Over Budget

Inslee says shutdown would be historic failure by lawmakers.

With the State Budget at an Impasse, the Countdown to Shutdown Is On

If a budget isn’t signed by the end of July 1, state parks will close, critical social services will stop, and thousands of workers will be laid off.

House, Senate Narrow Differences on Testing Requirements

A proposed compromise would provide a way for students who fail the English and math assessments to graduate.

Dems, GOP Sit Down for Serious Talks on Water Rights Law

The Hirst decision was embraced by environmentalists and tribal leaders. Now lawmakers must figure out how to adhere to it.

Lawmakers Near Deal on Paid Family Leave for All Workers

The legislature established the program in 2017, but is only now in agreement on how to fund it.

GOP Senators Continue Quest to Slash Car Tab Fees

Legislation passed Tuesday lowers the tax rate from 1.1 percent to 0.5 percent and requires Sound Transit to calculate fees using the Kelley Blue Book.

State Agencies Prep for ‘Unlikely’ Government Shutdown

More than 60,000 public employees have been notified of a potential layoff.

Boeing Saved $242 Million Through Tax Breaks in 2016

But Washington state labor leaders say the aerospace giant isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain.

High School Graduation Testing Rules Stymie State Lawmakers

Would-be graduates wait in limbo while Republicans and Democrats stand their ground.

Prepping for a Government Shutdown Is the New Normal in Olympia

For the third straight budget year, things are coming down to the wire.