Category Archives: The Seattle Times

Medical-marijuana bill passes, governor threatens veto

The Senate passed the House-amended version of a bill to regulate and license medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state, but Gov. Chris Gregoire still isn’t going to sign anything that would put state employees at risk of violating federal law … Continue reading

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Governor unfazed that cop killer attended signing

When the governor signed into law a bill prohibiting motorcycle profiling last week, she was unaware that a man who had been convicted of killing an Oregon police officer 30 years earlier was standing a few feet away. She says … Continue reading

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State capital budget hinges on debt-limit amendment

Two senators have introduced a bipartisan constitutional amendment to reduce the state’s debt limit and reduce the portion of the operating budget that goes toward paying off debt service, which is already more than 6 percent. To ensure its passage … Continue reading

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Workers seek outside options to end tax breaks

Since Democrat legislators (almost certainly) can’t wrangle the two-thirds majority vote to change tax preferences or cut tax exemptions, labor groups have introduced their own initiatives to direct the resulting tax revenue toward education and social services. Power to the … Continue reading

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To ease budget cuts, Dems seeking to end tax breaks

Thank Tim Eyman and the passage of I-1053 last fall for imposing the two-thirds majority vote requirement on any measure to change or raise tax preferences. With I-1053 in place, it will be virtually impossible for Democrats to close tax … Continue reading

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WA lawmakers have less than 2 weeks left

Another Where Things Stand, looking at what measures have lived or died at this second legislative cutoff deadline. For non-budget bills to continue on, they had to be heard in the floor of the house opposite where they started by … Continue reading

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State Senate OKs bill tying teacher evaluations to layoffs

Under current statute, when budget cuts necessitate reductions in force (RIFs), it’s the newest-hired teachers who get cut loose. Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, amended a broad education reform bill to propose that teachers who score lowest on performance evaluations be … Continue reading

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Wash. bill regulating medical marijuana advances

Washington voters made medical marijuana legal in the state in 1998, but because federal law still finds marijuana for any use to be illegal, the methods by which patients accessed the drug have existed in a legal gray area for … Continue reading

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Higher ed takes a beating in upcoming budget

Weekender: Higher education has come out the loser in the past few budget cycles, with state universities and colleges losing about half of their state support since the beginning of the 2009-2011 biennium if the current budget proposals pass. This … Continue reading

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Think tank sues Wash. gov. in public records case

There are over 300 exemptions to Washington’s broad-sweeping public disclosure act, but conservative think tank The Freedom Foundation says the governor’s office is citing one that doesn’t exist when it withholds documents: executive privilege. The foundation is suing Gov. Chris … Continue reading

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