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Washington Lawmakers, Groups, Discussing Paid Family Leave
OLYMPIA  (AP) — As Washington lawmakers continue to wrestle with reaching agreement on a two-year state budget, another group of negotiators has been meeting regularly to discuss another topic: paid family leave.
Several bipartisan legislators — along with representatives from the labor and business …
State Politicians to Get Raises
OLYMPIA  (AP) — A citizen commission that sets elected officials' salaries has voted to increase pay for Washington lawmakers by 2 percent annually for the next two years.
The News Tribune reports the salary commission voted to approve the raises Wednesday...
Lawmakers Tap Unspent Campaign Money for Suits, Meals, Decor
OLYMPIA (AP) — Since the election, more than a dozen state lawmakers have used surplus campaign money on suits, flights, meals, charities and office decor.
The Northwest News Network and The Seattle Times found that lawmakers have spent thousands in unused campaign donations on a range of purch…
Gov. Inslee Signs School Levy Bill Sought by Districts
OLYMPIA  (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure that delays a planned cut in local school levy rates for one year, something school districts have said they need in order to plan their budgets as lawmakers continue to work toward fully funding education in the state...
Washington Lawmakers Exempt From Releasing Emails
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Top lawmakers in Washington largely exempt themselves from the state's public records law, and their offices did not release emails sent and received by their government accounts when requested.
As part of a nation-wide project by The Associated Press, a week of email…
Lawmakers Endorse Hadian as Governor of WA State
Four state lawmakers have endorsed Shahram Hadian as governor of Washington State. Representative David Taylor of Moxee and representatives Brad Klippert, Jason Overstreet and Matt Shea say Hadian is a man of integrity and character willing to take tough stands based on republican principles...