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Legislature acts on budget in nick of time

State college students will see tuition decreases over the next two years, but not as much as the Washington Senate Republicans originally wanted. The tuition…

Transportation plan nears final votes

An 11.9-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase is a key part of a 16-year, $16.1 billion transportation project package. The plan is headed to the Washington Senate…

City picks new sites for homeless encampments

Mayor Ed Murray on Monday announced seven sites to house new city-approved homeless encampments. In a  press release, Murray’s office portrayed the action as helpful…

Inslee compromises to get transportation projects deal

Gov. Jay Inslee dropped his push for a low-carbon fuel standards Sunday morning in order to get a $15 billion, 16-year transportation projects package. The…

Legislative leaders reach budget deal

Republicans and Democrats have a handshake deal on the broad strokes of the state government’s main 2015-2017 budget. But the details remain a mystery. In…

State pot taxes to be reduced

A bill to make it easier and cheaper to buy legal pot in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The big…

Mayor Murray: a rainbow kind of day

The usually staid conference room outside the mayor's office teemed Friday with city officials overcome with emotion. In light of the Supreme Court's decision to…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…

Conservative senator with marijuana background leads on law changes

State Senator Ann Rivers’ dad, Gene, was dying of cancer in 1995, and in intense pain. With nothing to lose, he decided to see if…

Public parks move to private management in Seattle

Seattle mayor Ed Murray threw a bean bag at a cornhole board. A busker picked tunes on his guitar. A chef from local restaurant Soul…

Olympia watching the budget clock

  Washington Senate Republicans have lined up a bill to extend the current fiscal year's budget to July 31 in case the deadlocked 2015-2017 budget…

City council candidate admits to punching man in homeless camp

Joshua Farris, one of three city council candidates in District 2 and active member of the housing advocacy group SAFE, is potentially facing charges for punching…

Design Preview: The new Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular destination, and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, a new…

State Senate pumps up drought funding

Washington’s Senate voted 44-0 Wednesday to allocate $18 million to fight the state’s drought. The money will be available for use during the final days…

Inslee, GOP offer compromises on transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee has offered to delay installing low-carbon standards for motor fuels by three years in order to resolve the last major dispute on…

Voters can expect all $930 million of Move Seattle next fall

For all the talk of dramatic amendments from Councilmember Nick Licata, the largest property tax levy in Seattle history, a transportation funding package, emerged relatively…

Mayor Ed Murray shuffles approach to planning

One hundred twenty thousand new residents by 2035: That number looms in the background as Mayor Ed Murray, the Seattle City Council and just about every…

House Republicans hesitant about tax break closures

All 15 Republicans on the Washington House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday against a bill that would close several tax breaks and raise $356 million, mostly…

Confederate symbols also blight the Northwest

We might seem removed from controversies like the one over the Confederate flag, but we’re not. The Pacific Northwest was very much involved in the…

House pushes to end tax breaks

The state House Democrats unveiled Monday what tax breaks they want to close for the 2015-2017 budget in place of their discarded capital gains tax…

Guest Opinion: How to make state taxes fairer

With the Legislature, now in its second special session, still fighting about the budget, and with national studies ranking Washington last in a certain measure…

Public parks move to private management in Seattle

Seattle mayor Ed Murray threw a bean bag at a cornhole board. A busker picked tunes on his guitar. A chef from local restaurant Soul…

Design Preview: The new Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular destination, and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, a new…

House Republicans hesitant about tax break closures

All 15 Republicans on the Washington House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday against a bill that would close several tax breaks and raise $356 million, mostly…

City council candidate admits to punching man in homeless camp

Joshua Farris, one of three city council candidates in District 2 and active member of the housing advocacy group SAFE, is potentially facing charges for punching…

Legislative leaders reach budget deal

Republicans and Democrats have a handshake deal on the broad strokes of the state government’s main 2015-2017 budget. But the details remain a mystery. In…

Conservative senator with marijuana background leads on law changes

State Senator Ann Rivers’ dad, Gene, was dying of cancer in 1995, and in intense pain. With nothing to lose, he decided to see if…

Olympia watching the budget clock

  Washington Senate Republicans have lined up a bill to extend the current fiscal year's budget to July 31 in case the deadlocked 2015-2017 budget…

Inslee, GOP offer compromises on transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee has offered to delay installing low-carbon standards for motor fuels by three years in order to resolve the last major dispute on…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…

Mayor Ed Murray shuffles approach to planning

One hundred twenty thousand new residents by 2035: That number looms in the background as Mayor Ed Murray, the Seattle City Council and just about every…

State pot taxes to be reduced

A bill to make it easier and cheaper to buy legal pot in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The big…

Voters can expect all $930 million of Move Seattle next fall

For all the talk of dramatic amendments from Councilmember Nick Licata, the largest property tax levy in Seattle history, a transportation funding package, emerged relatively…

Mayor Murray: a rainbow kind of day

The usually staid conference room outside the mayor's office teemed Friday with city officials overcome with emotion. In light of the Supreme Court's decision to…

Inslee compromises to get transportation projects deal

Gov. Jay Inslee dropped his push for a low-carbon fuel standards Sunday morning in order to get a $15 billion, 16-year transportation projects package. The…

State Senate pumps up drought funding

Washington’s Senate voted 44-0 Wednesday to allocate $18 million to fight the state’s drought. The money will be available for use during the final days…

City picks new sites for homeless encampments

Mayor Ed Murray on Monday announced seven sites to house new city-approved homeless encampments. In a  press release, Murray’s office portrayed the action as helpful…

Transportation plan nears final votes

An 11.9-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase is a key part of a 16-year, $16.1 billion transportation project package. The plan is headed to the Washington Senate…

Legislature acts on budget in nick of time

State college students will see tuition decreases over the next two years, but not as much as the Washington Senate Republicans originally wanted. The tuition…