Just as he was the previous two years, University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian was the top paid employee on the Washington state governments payroll in 2012.
A former secretary with the Shorelands Program at the state Department of Ecology was sentenced to 30 days of electronic home monitoring Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree theft for making unauthorized expenditures using state-issued procurement cards.
A controversial plan to let future state employees opt into a 401(k) style pension plans instead of fixed-payment pensions that most receive today won passage in the state Senate by a narrow vote of 25 to 22 on Thursday.
For the second straight year, the state Senate is refusing to give its stamp of approval to Bernie Warner as corrections secretary.
A judge ruled against the Washington Federation of State Employees on Friday, finding it was legal for the Legislature to require 10 unpaid furlough days last year for more than 24,000 workers.
Washington state lawmakers are moving to limit a "retire-rehire" policy that allows state employees to collect both a pension and a paycheck.
A veteran of bringing transportation choices to Washington, Brian Lagerberg has been named director of the Public Transportation Division at the state Department of Transportation.
Many state agencies are taking a furlough day on Monday.
More than 45 state agencies, boards or commissions are closing offices Monday to observe the eighth of 10 furloughs ordered by the Legislature last year to save money.
A business-backed Senate bill allowing a settlement option for the state's workers' compensation system would result in savings of about $1.2 billion during the next two years, according to a state estimate released late Tuesday.