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May 28  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Senate Republicans unveiled a new two-year budget proposal Thursday that would fully fund negotiated pay raises for state workers, increase support for state parks and expand mapping of landslide-prone areas of the state.



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May 27  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Republican state Rep. Elizabeth Scott, an uncompromising conservative who emerged from the ranks of the Tea Party in Snohomish County, has filed to run in 2016 against Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.



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May 22  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Four Republican state senators on Friday introduced a bill giving Washington’s elected officials a chance to give up or give away their salary.



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May 19  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Paperwork giving state lawmakers an 11 percent pay hike was turned in Tuesday.

Now the question is whether anyone will try to stop it.



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May 13  |  By Jerry Cornfield
State lawmakers learned Wednesday they are getting a raise.

So will Gov. Jay Inslee

And even indicted state Auditor Troy Auditor will earn more this fall -- if he returns to his job.



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May 11  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Public schools would continue to receive the largest chunk of $1.2 billion generated from a cap and trade program in Washington under a revised proposal released Monday by House Democrats.



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May 6  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee clutched a hot dog Wednesday to symbolize his appreciation of state workers.

"It’s all about the hot dog," Inslee said to a crowd of workers at an event marking Public Service Recognition Week.



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May 4  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The man elected to be Washington’s state auditor in 2012 is off the job and it is uncertain when, or if, he’ll return.



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May 1  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Everett Rep. June Robinson knows the Boeing Co. is building its newest jetliner in her legislative district.



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April 30  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Supreme Court is giving state lawmakers more time to comply with its contempt order in the McCleary case.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen filed an order Thursday giving the Legislature until the end of the special session to take steps necessary to avoid further punishment.



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April 21  |  By Jerry Cornfield
State lawmakers seem destined for a special session to reach a deal on a new two-year budget – and Gov. Jay Inslee knows it.

Inslee said Tuesday he has not made any decision on when it would begin but wanted legislators to get "as much done as humanly possible" before the regular session ends Sunday.



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April 17  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday cranked up the pressure on state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign.



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April 16  |  Jerry Cornfield
State Auditor Troy Kelley has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and possession of stolen property.

Kelley issued a statement denying any wrongdoing. He said he would discuss the charges at a news conference at 4 p.m. Thursday and take a leave of absence from his job May 1.



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April 15  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a House bill that ensures firefighting resources can be mobilized statewide in response to disasters such as the Oso mudslide.



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April 8  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Andrea McNamara Doyle, executive director of the state Public Disclosure Commission since August 2011, announced today she will step down at the end of May.



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April 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Senate Republicans want to make it harder to amend their proposed budget in today’s scheduled vote.

But the reason may have less to do with blunting desires of Democrats and more to do with protecting potential GOP candidates for governor in 2016.



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March 24  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Majority Democrats in the state House will release their budget proposal Friday and it may include two new taxes to help cover the costs.

Democrats are leaning toward creation of a new capital gains tax and charge on carbon emissions to provide additional dollars for public schools, early learning, colleges, and mental health services in the next state budget.



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March 10  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to ensure firefighting resources can be mobilized statewide and deployed in response to disasters such as the Oso mudslide.



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March 9  |  Jerry Cornfield
An overwhelming majority of state senators agreed Monday to put the financial impact of initiatives directly on the ballot so it can’t be missed by voters.



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March 3  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Jim McDermott were among those absent when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

Larsen said in an email:



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March 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A bill to ratchet up the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour is scheduled to be voted on by the state House of Representatives Tuesday.

Officials with the House Democratic caucus say House Bill 1355 will be brought to the floor in the afternoon.



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March 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Senate on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring the Washington State Patrol to issue a special alert statewide when mentally impaired older adults go missing.



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February 17  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A tip of the hat to AP's Rachel La Corte for her story on Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's admonishment of Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn.

You can read the piece here.



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February 16  |  By Jerry Cornfield
An Everett lawmaker said today she will introduce a bill that could lead to reducing Boeing's multi-billion dollar tax break if the aerospace giant trims its overall workforce in the state.

Democratic Rep. June Robinson said in a statement that the bill aims to ensure aerospace tax incentives are used to benefit the taxpayers in Washington,



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February 13  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Tim Clemans of Seattle won’t be getting any of the estimated 600 million emails of state employees he sought – so he’s decided to ask for more.



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February 12  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A Seattle man should learn today how the state of Washington will answer his request for millions of emails generated by government agency employees.

Tim Clemans requested the records from all "state-level agencies" on Feb. 5. State law requires each agency to reply by Thursday with how many of its records are responsive to the request and when they would be available.



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February 11  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Senate Republicans are putting the final touches on a multi-billion dollar transportation package and could make it public as early as Thursday.



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January 26  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic state Rep. Ruth Kagi is trying again to impose consequences on gun owners who fail to keep their firearms out of the reach of children and something tragic happens.

Under a bill she introduced Monday, a person could be charged with child endangerment if they leave a gun in a place where a child finds it and then uses the weapon to threaten, injure or, worse, kill someone.



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January 12  |  By Jerry Cornfield
One of the more anticipated sessions of the state Legislature begins Monday with a bit of intrigue, a rally and talk of how much fish the average Washingtonian consumes.

In the next 105 days, the lawmakers will wrestle with matters like school funding, transportation and taxes. Here are some of the questions to be answered.



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January 7  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Those specialized license plates with the Seattle Seahawks logo proved a monster hit in 2014.

Fans of the world champions bought 13,398 of them through mid-December to make it the second most popular specialty plate in Washington, according to a report delivered to state lawmakers Wednesday.



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