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

Isaiah Thomas comes home to Tacoma for Zeke-End tournament

At the annual Zeke-End basketball tournament, local NBA star Isaiah Thomas, the host, is met by the masses. They are mostly welcoming the former Curtis High School standout home after a long season with the Boston Celtics.
Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com
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Isaiah Thomas comes home to Tacoma for Zeke-End tournament

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"Fire Rescue Spectacular" gives kids a chance to be a firefighter

Pot shop robbers caught on tape 1:39

Pot shop robbers caught on tape

No empty little bellies allowed this summer 1:03

No empty little bellies allowed this summer