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Whatcom County won some and lost some during the longest-ever year for the Washington state Legislature.

With Democrats in charge of the House and governor’s office, and Republicans controlling the Senate, the three Democrats and three Republicans who represent the county agreed the…

Triple overtime session where lawmakers raised the gas tax to pay for transportation projects across the state, cut college tuition and put more money toward the state's education system.
Lawmakers went home Friday afternoon after the House passed its last remaining bills.…

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard sent the following message to WWU faculty and staff this morning regarding the 2015-17 operating budget:

Colleagues:

Western’s proposed 2015-17 Operating Budget is now ready for…

Surrounded by children, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed bills to help kids on both ends of the education spectrum: a comprehensive new early learning bill and a measure that will cut college and university tuition.

The Early Start Act makes the state's quality-rating system…

The state Legislature will provide $70 million in its capital budget for the long-sought renovation of Western Washington University’s Sam Carver Gymnasium.

In addition to the athletic activities held there, more than 300 classes and labs are taught in the building each year, according to…

Linda Teater, director of Western Washington University's Budget Office, and Rich Van Den Hul, WWU vice president for Business and Financial Affairs, sent the following message to WWU faculty and staff Wednesday evening regarding the Washington State Legislature's approved…

A major renovation of Western Washington University’s Carver Academic Facility is beginning and will revitalize the aging campus building.

The Washington State Legislature, as part of the 2015-2017 state capital budget, approved $70 million in funding for the project.

State agencies stayed open Wednesday and government officials took steps to make amends with the state Supreme Court – those were two of the main accomplishments of the new two-year operating budget that Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law late Tuesday evening.

Lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday that they have reached a deal on a new two-year state spending plan, which they said will prevent a partial shutdown of state services this week.

The Washington State Legislature is in its second 30-day special session and has yet to finalize a budget for the 2015-17 biennium.  As you may have heard from media reports, failure of the Legislature to pass a budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30 could result in a shutdown of…

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