The budget deal agreed to by state lawmakers this week quietly targeted Microsoft for a $57 million tax increase over the next two years, and the Redmond software giant is apparently willing to go along with it.
When lawmakers race to pass budgets and bills by working into the early morning hours, as they did Tuesday and Wednesday, advocates of open government say they are working in the dark in more ways than one.
How the fight over a high-school biology test, and a shortage of votes to delay a voter-approved measure to reduce K-12 class sizes are holding things up in Olympia — after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the state budget.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has introduced legislation to push forward a long-term plan to ease water shortages in the Yakima basin, one of the state’s hardest-hit regions during this summer’s drought.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Democratic presidential primary is set to shift to allocating delegates based solely on voting results, after national party leaders rejected the state's traditional "Two-Step" method. America's second-largest state votes March 1 as part of the 2016 presidential election's "Super Tuesday." Its likely 250-plus delegates will be that day's big prize....
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill that includes an 11.9-cent increase in the gas tax over the next two years passed the Legislature early Wednesday, though the House still must approve key accompanying bills. A dispute between Senate Democrats and Republicans over unrelated bills led to a hourslong overnight delay in...
Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday night signed the state’s 2015-17 operating budget, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. But lawmakers Wednesday morning failed to approve a crucial bill needed to make the budget work.
When Reagan-appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote his gay- marriage opinion, it turns out he was channeling an Evergreen State College professor.
Seattle’s city auditor will investigate a real-estate-development incentive program at the request of City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who says planners were ready to let a hotel builder contribute less than required toward the city’s low-income housing fund.
Shell’s oil-exploration plans in Arctic waters off Alaska will have to comply with U.S. Fish and Wildlife restrictions that require the company to keep oil rigs at least 15 miles apart to protect walruses.