Cacophany / Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks – mostly for businesses. Governor Jay Inslee supports the largest of those tax incentives. But overall the Senate package unveiled Monday runs counter to the Democratic governor’s push to eliminate several tax exemptions to pay for education.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement . The plan is being advanced by a bipartisan team of Oregon and Idaho senators in reaction to the growing cost of massive wildfires.

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy

Feb 24, 2014
Scott Beale / Flickr

Within the next year marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers. But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales? Washington’s revenue forecaster recently unveiled his first estimate, but the numbers may be a bit hazy.

Washington is about to get a new stream of revenue into its coffers – from marijuana taxes.

More prison beds, but no cost of living raises for school teachers are two takeaways after Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposed a modest update to the state’s two-year budget.

Competition Seeks To Save Money At Hanford

Nov 25, 2013
U.S. Department of Energy

Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are looking for creative ways to save money at the southeast Washington site. They’re holding an idea competition with federal and contractor employees called the Grand Challenge. 

Three federal contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation say they’ll lay off 450 workers over the next year.

The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low. This follows a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.

Oregon's economy is holding steady. That was the word from state economists as they delivered a quarterly update on the revenue picture to lawmakers.

Oregon lawmakers craft a spending plan and then keep their fingers crossed that all of the anticipated revenue materializes over the next two years. A legislative panel got its first update since the close of the session last month about whether or not that spending plan is in jeopardy.

The answer: For now, things are holding course.


Several months into federal sequestration budget cuts, some of the most severe reductions are just now taking effect.