Adam Wilson expounds on Washington state government, workers and politics. Wilson began covering those issues for the Olympian in 2004. Previously, he reported on the Idaho Legislature and Eastern Washington politics for the Lewiston Morning Tribune. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
House Democrats unveiled their plans for the supplemental budget today, saying its not a budget, but a program-by-program plan to cut total spending by $640 million. It's called the "Early Action Savings Bill."
Quick impressions: they keep the pledge to "cover all kids" by subsidizing families up to three times the poverty level. Gregoire wanted to freeze it at 250 percent. They keep adult day health, but reduce the vendor rate. Indeed, many vendor rates are down including boarding homes and nursing homes, those two down by an average 3 percent.
What I've come to think of as the Obama money is in there at the same rate: $780 billion in increased federal matching funds for Medicaid. And the welfare grants: $133 million in contingency funds.
She's not sure where she's going, but wants to get out of political appointments.
Looks like the Secretary Robin Arnold-Williams is leaving.
Small agencies are targeted, the the biggest loses more than 700 FTEs.
Anticipation runs high today, as we're about to see the governor's budget proposals.
As expected, the joblessness rate is going up.
CA director says she's taking a break, without immediate plans.
More cuts to add to the earlier cuts, which should set things up the for the next round of ...
The natural resources lot is partially open, final solution to slipping problem ellusive.
Rep. Kelli Linville, who now heads the budget subcommittee on audits and government, may edge out the affable Rep. Hans Dunshee for chair of the House budget committee .
Can't use public art money to save the Beall mosaic in the GA Building.
The governor's merciless "Do Not Buy" list of state programs includes performance audits, the bang-for-the-buck reviews of government efficiency.
Richard E. Mitchell, Gov. Chris Gregoire's general counsel, is leaving her administration, the only post-election departure so far.
President-elect Obama's transistion team talks about making government work cool again.
In an interview with the Seattle Times, Gregoire suggests pay raises could be traded for less layoffs.
GOP solidifying narrow leads in Congressional 8 with Reichert, state Senate 17 with Benton, pulling ahead in state Senate 2 against Rasmussen.
Corruption or no, Stevens is around. And CD1 in Idaho may have flipped parties.
See two haggard reporters attempt to make sense of things late on election night
Chris Gregoire declared winner by AP, networks.
Here we go!
One reporter reveals his voting process.
The man who gave $400,000 to back assisted suicide talks about why.
Williams says his unopposed run this year was his last.
It's data! And measurement! And excitement! Nearly.
The state may transfer management of its most popular insurance plan to a private contractor.
Bad news: costs go up. Good news: still super cheap.
Alas, you just can't get ahead of the curve this time of year.
Other than big hair and fat belts, Sarah Palin didn't leave a lot of impressions behind at the University of Idaho.
Turns out Dino Rossi was low balling when he said 200 kids under state supervision have died in four years.
Dora la Exploradora es amiga mia.
What's that smell? Politics?
After the assisted suicide of a paralyzed rugby player, British authorities may take action.
Dora the Explorer is the Governor's Mansion Halloween theme.
Oregon's Health Plan does pay for assisted suicide if a patient requests it. So far, 19 people have used the state-paid version over the 10 years the Death With Dignity Act has been in effect in Oregon.
Here's the latest from our completely unscientific Web poll on former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell's endorsement of the Democratic nominee.
Is Gregoire picking up steam, or has the Obama train passed her by? All indications are for a squeaker Nov. 4.
Here's the longest, clearest clip I could find from the third man in the presidential debate, Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher.
A starvation case in Carnation may have been another missed chance to prevent abuse.
And that's how we draw excitement, kids.
Blog hits are up, and we need to par-tay.
First Mike makes a mysterious allusion.
We make our videographer splice Gregoire and Rossi until they nearly make sense.
Three programs that never got off the ground get buried.
DSHS thinks this YouTube video is the first state press release in American Sign Language.
One exec gets $60 million cash, more than that in other benefits, working for the now-bankrupt Lehman Brothers.
GOP candiate for guv Dino Rossi is no fan of L&I, but does like DVA.
The juges give 'em a 9.2 for sticking the landing, despite not doing much while in the air.
The Department of Health has issued its final word on what exactly constitutes a 60-day supply of medical marijuana.
Republican James Postma says the government should shore up the dollar, not bail out investment firms.
Baird and Delavar don't agree on the war, don't agree on Wall Street bailout.
Public purchase of bad debt will be necessary to stop the credit crisis, says Joe Dear.
How to watch a political debate with the public's eye.
Alexander reiterated his long-standing position that reductions in state spending should be made through government doing less, not across-the-board cuts to worker benefits.
Rep. Jim McDermott suggests the Wall Street bail out will ensure a cushy landing for Bush employees looking for work in four months.
You know, Vice President in waiting Sarah Palin and I have the same degree from the U of I.
If you're facing a $529 million drop in revenue projections, you might consider renegotiating state worker health benefits, Sen. Joe Zarelli says
Stop me if you've heard this one: a reporter talks to a rabbi, a nun, a philosopher, a doctor, an ethicist, and a professor.
How do we know if pay Step M exists in the next biennium, if no one will qualify for it?
"This is not magic. You can't lend money to people who can't pay it back."
The public buyout of AIG cost more money than there is to pay for the retirement of all Washington public employees.
State law says state hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shortly after midnight, the Washington Federation of State Employees reached a two-year agreement with Gov. Chris Gregoire’s negotiators.
What do our book-buying tendencies tell us about electoral politics?
Several state agencies and divisions will move a four-day work week under a plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
More insurance plans being offered, Kreidler declares victory for increased regulation.
Turns out Col. Mustard got the ax in the classic board game.
An examination of Oregon's data on who uses its Death with Dignity Law, and why, contradicts a few claims of anti-I-1000 campaign.
People drive less, pay less gas tax, the feds stiff the states for their share of road project costs.
Sen. John McCain sought to cast himself as the humble servant saved by America, not the savior of America.
The state's only professional political blogger walks away.
Can McCain top his own veep's speech? Does he need to?
New warning down at the bar and grille, guv.
Gregoire isn't that different from Palin, so why is one ready to be VP and not the other?
Candidate in 3rd Congressional District is passed up for endorsement, again.