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Primary ballots are in the mail

Yakima County voters soon will be receiving their ballots for the 2015 Primary, the eighth year in which the voter-approved Top 2 Primary system is being used to winnow down the number of candidates in races.

Lawmakers mark highs and lows of marathon session

State legislators made history - both good and bad - during the session that wrapped up last Friday.

S’side lawmaker lauds state capital budget as a boon to water, education

Sen. Jim Honeyford says the new $3.9 billion capital budget passed by lawmakers this past Tuesday night mirrors the budget priorities that have defined the 2015 legislative session…strong reforms, accountability and providing maximum return to taxpayers for every dollar.

Inslee, legislative leaders reach tentative accord on new operating budget

Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan legislative leaders say the proposed 2015-17 state operating budget they agreed to early last Saturday is sustainable, responsible and makes important investments for Washingtonians in education and other important services.

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare

The response was predictably partisan yesterday, Thursday, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 6-3 decision upholding the ability of residents to access tax credits in the Affordable Care Act even if their states have not set up their own insurance exchanges.

Democrats point finger at Republicans for stalled budget talks in state capital

The slow march toward government shutdown continues in Olympia, say Democrats, because Republicans have yet to offer a legitimate effort toward compromise as budget talks continue.

Employment picture rosier in Washington

Washington state’s unemployment rate dipped below the national average for the first time since May of last year, falling from 5.5 percent in April 2015 to 5.4 percent in May 2015.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, June 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Silver Alert bill inked by governor

Taking a cue from the well-known Amber Alert system, legislation signed into law recently by Gov. Jay Inslee makes Washington the 42nd state to recognize the utility of “crowd-sourcing” to help rescue lost and vulnerable adults.

Washington state auditor now faces federal and state investigations

OLYMPIA – In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for action, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week initiated a second investigation into the actions of Troy Kelley.

Mabton High’s AP statistics students recommend regulating salaries of superintendents in all state schools

MABTON – Students in a Mabton High School AP statistics class used data analysis to determine that school superintendent salaries in the state should be regulated like teacher salaries to help fix the state’s budget crisis.

State lawmakers under the gun to get budget crafted

Early release of some prison inmates and a complete shutdown of state parks are among possible impacts if lawmakers don’t approve a budget by June 30.

DOE considers on-farm ponds funding

The state’s first drought in a decade has officials with the Department of Ecology considering helping growers pay to install on-farm ponds.

Washington state Senate supports drought relief

OLYMPIA – Last Thursday the state Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account

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