Washington State Legislature

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

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

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about education funding and a proposal to swap levies in Washington state to ensure district equality.

Cary Chin works at the front desk of Seattle-based Gravity Payments. CEO Dan Price told his employees this week that he was cutting his own salary and using company profits so they would each earn a base salary of $70,000.
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A Seattle CEO cuts his own pay so he can double his employees’ salaries – is this a new model for capitalism? Should Washington state tax the megarich? Does Woodland Park Zoo deserve a boycott?

Bill Radke hosts our weekly news debate with panelists C.R. Douglas of KCPQ13, former state Senate Majority Leader Bill Finkbeiner and Seattlish blogger Hanna Brooks Olsen.

The Washington state House voted 91-7 Wednesday to exempt junior hockey teams from teen labor laws by expressly classifying the players as non-employees.

In California, March 31 is a legal holiday. Schools and government offices are closed for César Chávez Day.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the future of medical pot in Washington state. 

In Washington state, the tax rate for those living in poverty is seven times higher than for those in the one percent.
Courtesy of Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about why Washington state's tax system has been called "the most unfair state and local tax system in the country."  

There's money in a state highway budget that passed the Washington House Thursday to study a one-of-a-kind possible toll bridge fashioned out of retired Navy aircraft carriers.

Washington drivers might get to drive 75 on some rural highways.

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Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov came up with three laws of robotics: a robot may not harm a human, a robot must obey humans and a robot must protect its own existence.

The Washington State Senate thinks even more regulating laws are necessary. On Wednesday senators voted unanimously to outlaw ticket bot computer software that buys up to 40 percent of the tickets for a concert before the public gets a stab at them.  This is only the latest effort to regulate robots and robotic software.

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.

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