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30-day budget extension proposed as state government shutdown looms

Less than a week before the state government shuts down, Republicans on Thursday proposed a new twist in the budget battle. They're asking for a short-term extension of the current budget in an effort to keep state workers on the job. With the Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate still ...

Pierce County prosecutor responds to recall move

A citizen recall petition was filed late Wednesday against Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.  The recall movement is based on whistleblower complaints accusing Lindquist of abusing his office. It alleges misconduct based on whistleblower complaints filed by two of Lindquist's own deputies. The charges include vindictive prosecution, retaliating against subordinates ...

Capital gains tax out as budget deal grows closer

There's new progress in the battle over the Washington State budget, but it comes with House Democrats giving up on one of their biggest demands, a capital gains tax on the wealthiest Washingtonians.  “You need to know that the negotiations are not about a capital gains tax. It's not about ...

Despite the governor's optimism, state workers are walking off the job today in an effort to urge lawmakers to pass a budget.

Partial government shutdown would affect thousands of jobs

Washington state officials said Thursday that while they don't believe a partial government shutdown will occur July 1, they are still required to start the process of notifying state employees that they may be temporarily laid off if a state budget isn't adopted. QUICK FACTS: Approximately 25,000 workers affected   Wash. ...

Group prepares for possible Joint Base Lewis McChord cuts

The ax may fall on thousands of jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as early as next week.         That's according to Gov. Jay Inslee, who met with advisers Wednesday in an effort to cushion the impact.         Gov. Inslee is ramping up job, education and business assistance in anticipation of ...

Big crime jump sparks complaint to Seattle Mayor

Startling new crime numbers form North Seattle show the number of robberies jumped 64 percent in the past year. We walked Aurora Avenue North with businesswoman Faye Garneau, who's been complaining about a lack of patrol officers for decades. “Not very many police. Not as many as we'd like to ...

UW investigated over response to report of sexual violence

Federal Investigators are looking into a UW student's claim about an incident of sexual violence. That student claims the university didn't take the report seriously enough.   The university is a new addition to the growing list of schools who may have violated an anti-discrimination law called Title IX. The ...

Capital gains tax is budget hang-up

When you make a profit selling stock or other investments, or when you make a killing in Seattle's hot housing market, the money you pocket is called a capital gain. Democrats want Washington to join the 41 other states that already have a capital gains tax. Much of the $550 ...

State budget requires more compromise

In order to reach a budget compromise, Democrats are disappointing some of their usual allies. For example, some money for families caring for the disabled was cut. “The one thing they need is respite. They've got to have a break once in a while," said Diana Stadden, an advocate for ...

College aid caught in budget gridlock

At South Puget Sound Community College they have to wait for the state budget gridlock to break before they know for sure how much state college aid they can offer to 700 summer school students. A citizen of both Britain and the USA, Chris Bloomer says England offers college students ...

$930 Million Transportation Levy Hinges on Safety, Trust

With a huge backlog of streets and sidewalks to fix, Mayor Murray is asking voters to approve the $930 million dollars Move Seattle Levy in November.  For a house with a median value of 455-thousand dollars--$455,000, that's another $277 a year in property taxes. That's one of the reasons businessman Larry ...

Seattle City Light offers a 60 percent discount to low income families.  There's a 50 percent discount on water and garbage bills, too.

Big discounts available on Seattle utilities

Seattle City Light offers a 60 percent discount to low income families. There's a 50 percent discount on water and garbage bills, too. “The utility discounts can save you hundreds of dollars, and so we think that's a great opportunity,” said discount advocate Shefali Ranganathan, of Transportation Choices. But Seattle City ...

Seattle 2035 plan seeks affordable housing, takes on traffic congestion

In 20 years, Seattle will have 120,000 more people, 115,000 more jobs and 70,000 more households, and city leaders are hoping to manage the growth. Seattle 2035 plan for affordable housing  “I know we have like Amazon and Google and Microsoft over here now and I hear that Apple is ...

The City of Seattle is buying a pub for $1.7 million in the Greenwood neighborhood.

Seattle buys pub for ‘urban village’

The Seattle City Council spent nearly $2 million to buy a bar. What it really wants is the land, which will be used to build a park in the growing Greenwood neighborhood.   New apartment buildings and new construction are adding to the Greenwood neighborhood's growth into what the city ...

State parks funding caught in budget gridlock

Since the great recession, the burden of taking care of the parks has shifted from state takes to fees from the people who use the parks. Russell Aoki paid $45 a night to camp with his family. “Obviously the fees are larger, but for us to come out here, enjoy ...

Expert says police officers have self-defense right

A University of Washington criminologist with more than two decades experience, Professor Joseph Weis, said people don't give up their self-defense rights when they become police officers. “They have the same kind of right to defend themselves as you or I would,” he said. “Why would anybody put themselves in ...

Middle school students walk out in anti-bullying rally

The father of a young suicide victim wants the Everett School District to stop the bullying he says drove his daughter to kill herself. During the noon hour, students at Evergreen Middle School walked out of school in  memory of 12-year-old Amber Rose Caudel who committed suicide last Thursday.   ...

Environmental review boosts NBA, NHL for Seattle

The just released final Environmental Impact Statement gives a boost to arena developer Chris Hansen's plans to build a Sonics and hockey facility just south of Safeco Field. Even out of town fans are enthusiastic.Click here for photos of what the arena could look like. “Love the Sonics, wish they ...

Seattle's mayor wants bigger transportation levy

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray started with a $900 million Move Seattle Levy for transportation, then raised the amount after a month of public hearings. “I think we can justify it when we have a public that's saying we have waited too long and we need to do something,” the mayor ...

No word on Port’s next oil rig move

No comment from Port of Seattle Commissioners after a 90-minute closed-door meeting to discuss bringing went behind closed doors to consider their next move.   At the same time, the Seattle City Council put pressure on them with a new resolution opposing oil rig repairs in Seattle.   The Port ...

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