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Democrats criticize Senate GOP’s proposed budget

State Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, Maury Island, stood by her stance on the Republicans’ budget plan and said again that she considered it “cold-blooded.”...Read More

Gov. Jay Inslee criticizes Senate’s proposed cuts to Western State Hospital

This article is crossposted on State of Reform, a health policy news site.  Gov. Jay Inslee came out strongly against the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’...Read More

Senate transportation budget faces criticism at public hearing for proposed actions on collective bargaining

Leaders in Washington transportation expressed their support or opposition to the Senate’s proposed transportation budget Tuesday afternoon. The budget appropriates $8.4 billion for the upcoming...Read More

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus presented their proposal for the 2017-2019 budget Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Fenner.)

Senate majority releases their proposed budget

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released their proposed budget Tuesday morning that would increase property taxes as a major revenue mechanism, saying it will meet...Read More

Screencapture of the Senate Transportation Committee's 2017-19 proposed budget.

Proposed Senate transportation budget at $8.4 billion

The Senate Transportation Committee released their proposed transportation budget for the 2017-2019 biennium Monday, and it’s tighter than the 2015-2017 budget by more than $270...Read More

Press Release: Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson hails national award for financial reporting

Local Government Investment Pool Continues Strong Performance For its most recent annual update on how Washington state invests surplus funds of more than 500 local...Read More

House carbon tax bill sees hours of supportive, critical public testimony

A bill that would introduce a statewide carbon tax was heard in the House Environment committee and was met with about two hours of testimony,...Read More

From left: Rep. Matt Manweller. R-Ellensburg, and Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, speak at a regular press conference about issues including a their stance on a carbon tax. (Photo by Erin Fenner.)

State Republicans reiterate their stance on a possible carbon tax: No

Republicans are not warming to a carbon tax anytime soon....Read More

A screenshot of the White House video of the swearing in of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions indicates he’ll pursue more stringent regulations on marijuana, state AG seeks discussion

The legal marijuana industry is becoming increasingly nervous as more insinuations come out of the White House indicating more stringent regulations....Read More

Washington senators join effort urging DOJ to be hands off on state pot laws

On the same day Sessions announced he was recusing himself from investigations related to the 2016 Election, Washington lawmakers signed their names to a bipartisan...Read More