State Workers

State Workers

State workers, police and firefighter pensions lose in Senate GOP budget

GOP leaders in the state Senate have proposed saving the state about $250 million by rejecting most of the labor contracts Gov. Jay Inslee’s office negotiated with 38 employee unions. But state law gives the Legislature power only to approve labor contracts negotiated with state employees in full, or reject them entirely. Lawmakers can’t alter them, something that has irked Republicans for years.

Elections

Would Initiative 1501 protect the elderly, a powerful union — or both?

Billed as a way to prevent fraud against the elderly, Initiative 1501 would increase penalties for those who steal the identities of seniors and other vulnerable adults, while shielding those individuals’ personal information from public disclosure. But opponents of the measure say it’s really about protecting caregivers’ unions from a conservative group that is looking to siphon off union members.

Videos

TNT's Gregg Bell, Dave Boling on Seahawks missing out on top UW Huskies DBs

Reporter Gregg Bell and columnist Dave Boling look at the Seahawks' draft choices so far and how the team lost out on some UW stars.
Gregg Bell gbell@thenewstribune.com
TNT's Gregg Bell, Dave Boling on Seahawks missing out on top UW Huskies DBs 2:46

TNT's Gregg Bell, Dave Boling on Seahawks missing out on top UW Huskies DBs

John Schneider on Seahawks third-round pick Amara Darboh 1:52

John Schneider on Seahawks third-round pick Amara Darboh

John Schneider, Pete Carroll on where Malik McDowell will play, why so many trades down 2:14

John Schneider, Pete Carroll on where Malik McDowell will play, why so many trades down

Carroll, Schneider on Seahawks' 2nd-round pick Ethan Pocic: 1:41

Carroll, Schneider on Seahawks' 2nd-round pick Ethan Pocic: "2 1/2 players in 1 guy"