State government

Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

A jump in tax collections cuts a projected $9 billion shortfall in half, acccording to new forecast.

 

Washington minimum wage earners are about to get a raise

Washington minimum wage earners are about to get a raise

On New Year’s Day, they’ll make $13.50 an hour, up from the current $12 rate.

 

Inslee urged to use the red pen on a few budget provisions

Inslee urged to use the red pen on a few budget provisions

Some want him to veto tax increases on banks and businesses too. We’ll find out Tuesday what he does.

 

No capital budget means no jobs for 52 state workers

If the March deadline isn’t met, as many as 300 more employees could be out of work.

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

Governor’s aerospace adviser leaving for private sector

John Thornquist plans to take a job with Cascade Business Group, a Bellevue consulting firm.

The state gets an earful on legalizing home-grown marijuana

The state gets an earful on legalizing home-grown marijuana

At a hearing in Olympia, regulators took comments from the public. They will report to lawmakers.

The state gets an earful on legalizing home-grown marijuana
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