Government

Mortage Settlement
5:38 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Consumer groups skeptical about mortgage settlement

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna
Photo courtesy of Washington State Attorney General's office

OLYMPIA, Wash - Financial analysts say the big banks will feel little pain as a result of the multistate mortgage settlement announced Thursday. Meanwhile consumer advocates say some homeowners defrauded by banks will receive very little restitution.

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Washington Gay Rights
5:09 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Wash. Senator Says Tenor Of Gay Rights Debates Has Evolved

Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle.
Photo courtesy Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay rights supporters will gather Monday in an ornate reception room in the Washington state capitol. They will witness history as Governor Chris Gregoire signs into law legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins looks at how the rhetoric that led to this controversial moment has changed.

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Washington Charter Schools
4:55 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Charter School Backers Still Want Vote in Wash. Legislature

Dome of the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.
Photo by Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – 41 states allow charter schools. But not Washington . Opponents in the legislature recently killed a bipartisan proposal to allow a limited number of under-performing schools to convert. But supporter of the idea haven’t given up. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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WA politicians focus on taxes
5:54 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Wash. Legislature: With Gay Marriage Passed, It’s Back To Budget And Taxes

The Washington State Capitol building in Olympia.
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Now that gay marriage has passed, it’s back to the budget and taxes for Washington lawmakers. The 60-day session is more than halfway over. Next week will bring the February revenue forecast. Then majority Democrats plan to roll out a budget and possible tax hikes.

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Oregon Prison Cuts
5:42 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Lane County Cuts Jail Beds, Deputies

Lane County Sheriff's Office (Eugene, Oregon)
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane County Sheriff plans to lay off up to 90 people and close more than one hundred jail beds. That's because the county is losing $14 million in federal timber payments.

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Washington Marijuana Initiative
4:55 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Likely To Leave Marijuana Initiative To Voters

An outdoor marijuana garden.
Photo by Wikimedia User H.Zell Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers say they won’t likely vote on a proposal to legalize marijuana in advance of a citizen’s initiative on the November ballot. Lawmakers in Olympia met to discuss the issue Thursday.

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Oregon Audit
4:54 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Oregon Audit Shows Unconstitutional Spending on Schools

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown / Photo Credit: Oregon Secretary of State

Oregon's Secretary of State released an audit Tuesday showing the Department of State Lands violated the constitution by spending money it shouldn't have from the Common School Fund. But as Rob Manning reports, paying back the money isn't expected to harm schools.

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Prop 8 northwest
3:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Prop 8 Ruling Likely Has No Immediate Effect On Northwest

Marriage equality demonstrators / Photo Credit: Wikimedia user Staffordvaughan / Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday's ruling overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage is not expected to affect similar laws in other states. Oregon and Idaho also have voter-approved amendments against gay marriage. But Washington lawmakers are poised to send Governor Chris Gregoire a measure allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

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Bipartisan pair urging end to taxbreaks
5:16 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Bipartisan Duo Hopes To Spark Conversation To End Tax Breaks

Wikimedia User Visitor7

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bipartisan duo of Washington lawmakers wants to end most tax breaks for businesses, nonprofits, farms, and others. The two representatives held a press conference Friday in Olympia asking their colleagues to rethink these tax exemptions.

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Out of Pocket Medical Cap
6:16 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Cap On Out-Of-Pocket Medical Expenses Clears Wash. Committee

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Out-of-pocket medical expenses are crushing some Washington families – even though they have health insurance. A key legislative committee voted Thursday to place an overall cap on how much a family would have to pay each year.

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