Washington State Unemployment Rate is Steady at 4.5 Percent"The good economic news continues in Washington," Paul Turek, economist for the department, said in a statement. "Unemployment is at a record low and Washington businesses continue to add jobs."
Lockdown Lifted At Washington State CapitolThe Washington State Patrol says troopers and other officers are responding to an incident at the state Capitol campus in Olympia.
State Senate Passes $43.7 Billion BudgetThe state Senate has approved a $43.7 billion budget for the next two years that would increase spending for public schools, mental health and state worker contracts.
Lawmakers Race To Pass $43.7 Billion State Budget Details of a new two-year state operating budget were released Friday, the same day Washington lawmakers must vote on the plan in order to prevent a partial government shutdown.
Gov. Inslee Asks State Parks To Stay Open FridayOriginally state park officials said because they need time to prepare the parks for closure, they needed to shutter them a day before a potential partial government shutdown.
Absent Budget Deal, Washington Prepares For A ShutdownWashington lawmakers are in an increasingly familiar place this year: in a third special session, racing to avoid a partial shutdown of state government because they've spent months unable to reach agreement on a new two-year state budget.
1 Arrest At Washington College During ProtestProtests earlier this year at the progressive college related to race, equality and free speech gained national attention and threats, which prompted the school to shut down for three days earlier this month.
House Passes Bill To Ban Use Of Drivers' Hand-Held DevicesThe Washington state House approved a measure Wednesday that would ban holding hand-held devices while driving.
Revenue Projections For Washington Higher Than Expected
Senate Votes For Bill To Vacate Victims' Prostitution CrimesVictims of sex trafficking would be allowed to vacate prostitution convictions in Washington state under a measure passed by the state Senate.
Distracted Driving Penalties Could Increase StatewideHouse Bill 1371 would expand the current law so drivers would not be allowed to hold any personal electronic device with their hands while driving, with the exception of amateur radios and to conduct "minimal use of a finger" to activate programs like a navigation system or Siri on the iPhone.
Senate Republicans Release Education Funding Plan Senate Republicans on Friday released an education funding plan that seeks to replace local school levies with a statewide uniform rate earmarked for schools.