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File photo of Gov. Jay Inslee. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Inslee Wants Minimum Wage Increase

Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the country, and Gov. Jay Inslee says it should go even higher.

CBS Seattle–01/14/2014

File photo of people gathered outside of the Washington state capitol building in Olympia, Wash. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

5 Things To Watch In The State Legislature This Year

Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday, and while they don’t have to grapple with a budget shortfall for the first time in several years, they still face pressing issues over funding for education and transportation.

CBS Seattle–01/13/2014

State officials want to prevent people from smoking marijuana at bars and nightclubs. (Getty Images)

Stake Taking Steps To Make Sure Marijuana Isn’t Used At Bars

Washington’s Liquor Control Board wants to make sure people aren’t using marijuana in bars and nightclubs.

CBS Seattle–10/30/2013

File photo of people gathered outside of the Washington state capitol building in Olympia, Wash. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

State Senate Leaders Claim Budget Deal Reached

Leaders in the state Senate said Wednesday that lawmakers have agreed to the framework of a new budget to avert a government shutdown, but counterparts in the House cautioned that no final accord had been reached.

CBS Seattle–06/27/2013

The capitol building in Olympia (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Furlough Notices Going To State Workers

Thousands of Washington state employees are receiving furlough notices Monday telling them they face a temporary layoff unless state lawmakers agree on a budget this week to prevent a government shutdown.

CBS Seattle–06/24/2013

File photo of Gov. Jay Inslee. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Inslee Criticizes Lack Of Progress On Budget

Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he is concerned about the “lack of substantive progress” in budget negotiations as lawmakers near the end of an overtime session, and he specifically called out a measure put forth by Senate Republicans that he says will take money away from education.

CBS Seattle–06/05/2013

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Changing Winds Help Firefighters In Western Washington

(CBS Seattle) — A shift in winds Monday is helping firefighters battle a couple of wildfires in southwest Washington. The Department of Natural Resources  says it’s focusing on the Dog Mountain fire that has burned […]

CBS Seattle–05/06/2013

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Gov. Inslee Signs Pot Law Changes

Washington finalized swift changes to the state’s definition of marijuana Wednesday after prosecutors and crime lab scientists expressed concern about the technical aspects of a voter-approved legalization initiative.

CBS Seattle–05/01/2013

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State Lawmakers Consider Tougher DUI Laws

Lawmakers are considering tightening up the state’s laws against driving under the influence after two recent cases that left three dead and two — including an infant — critically injured.

CBS Seattle–04/09/2013

File photo of Gov. Jay Inslee during a speaking engagement.  (credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Gov. Inslee Proposes Extension Of Temporary Taxes

Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget proposal Thursday, laying out plans to make some temporary taxes permanent and to end some tax exemptions to address both the state’s projected budget deficit and a court-ordered requirement to put more money into the state’s basic education system.

CBS Seattle–03/29/2013

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