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Before they left town, Washington lawmakers approved a nearly $4 billion capital construction budget. That includes $130 million in member-requested projects – what you might call pork.

The Washington Legislature finally adjourned its 2015 session Friday. The last piece of business was for the state House to approve $508 million in new spending on roads, ferries and transit.

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The Washington state Senate has voted to delay a voter-approved class size measure and a biology test high school graduation requirement. The votes Thursday afternoon pave the way for the legislature to adjourn its third special session Friday. 

Typically, the Washington legislature is done long before Oregon because of how the legislative calendars work in each state. But not this year.

Washington lawmakers have until the 30-day special session runs out on June 27 to reach a budget deal. If they fail to do so, a partial government shutdown would begin on July 1.

Former Washington state Rep. Susan Fagan has agreed to reimburse taxpayers after filing false expense reports.

Governor Jay Inslee’s budget director said Friday that negotiators have reached preliminary agreement on a key issue that’s been hanging them up.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee plans to convene budget negotiations in his office beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday morning.

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The clock runs out Thursday on Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. There are indications the pace of budget negotiations has picked up. But a second special session is still likely. 


There’s plenty of finger pointing, but not a lot of progress toward a budget deal in the Washington capitol. Legislative leaders took turns Thursday blaming each other for the slow pace of budget talks.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is working to revive his plan to charge for carbon pollution and use the proceeds to fund schools.

The Democrat met Wednesday behind closed doors with Speaker of the House Frank Chopp to discuss the issue.

Inslee views it as a twofer. Charge industry for carbon emissions. Then take the money generated and put a chunk of it into fully funding public schools.

Inslee unveiled the idea last December, but it died in the Democratic-controlled Washington House.

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

A wide majority of the Washington Legislature voted to raise the maximum speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn’t approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over pay raises and class size.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee used Earth Day to chastise state lawmakers for their environmental record.

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature’s 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

Call it the timeshare rule. Washington lawmakers can accept free tickets to this summer’s U.S. Open golf championship -- if they attend a three-hour tour and seminar.

Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.

The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.

For the third year in a row, railroad workers in Washington have been dealt a defeat in the legislature.

A proposal to make it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving has died in the Washington House. The measure failed to get a vote before a key deadline Tuesday.

The Washington House and Senate will soon begin to negotiate a new two-year budget, but first they have to get past a roadblock.

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We know the old saying that "speed kills" applies to people who drive recklessly. But does it also apply to legislation to raise highway speed limits? An interstate speed limit increase in Washington looks dead, but appears to have a chance in Oregon.

Majority Republicans in the Washington state Senate unveiled a no-new-taxes budget Tuesday that would still boost spending by $4 billion.

Two of the highest priority issues for Washington House Democrats are a $12 per hour minimum wage and paid sick leave.

House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposed $1.5 billion tax package. Senate Republicans plan to rollout their proposed budget later this week.

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the Washington legislature launched a move Tuesday to ban powdered alcohol.

Washington lawmakers are on the honor system when it comes to accepting free meals from lobbyists.

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Washington lawmakers have approved a flurry of bills – and killed a bunch too - as they cross a key deadline in the 105-day session. The cut-off to vote bills out of their house of origin came and went at 5pm Wednesday.

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.