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As lawmakers in Washington state crawl toward budget deal, state makes plans for partial shutdown:


There are few conversations that the denizens of the Capitol Campus have these days with the outside world that don't include an inquiry along the lines of "Are they done yet?" The "they" being the ...


State of Washington sued over community colleges' troubled software system:


The company that has filed for bankruptcy in the middle of a troubled project to install a new computer software system for Washington's community colleges is suing the state, claiming it is owed some ...


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Thousands call for lawmakers to spend more on schools:


As part of the latest push to get more state money for public schools, thousands of sign-waving parents, students and school employees jammed the steps of the Capitol Monday morning then streamed into ...


Startup funding ends 2016 on a high note in Washington state - VC funding leaped:


After a rocky start to the year, Washington state startups ended 2016 strong and with a lot of fresh cash in their pockets. Companies raised $290 million in 38 deals during the fourth quarter ...


Washington state proposal seeks expansion of wine refill law:


Two years ago, the Washington state Legislature began allowing wine lovers to fill reusable containers -- known as growlers -- at their favorite wineries. Now, a new measure would allow refills at ...
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Taxing the rich: A solution to the state of Washington's budget mess?:


If only Washington had taxable brothels and gambling. Or oil reserves. Or hordes of flip-flopped tourists descending on our rocky beaches, dollar bills falling out of their pockets. by Tom James Full ...


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to raise taxes and funnel nearly $4 billion more into schools over the next two years:


Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state to pay almost $4 billion more for public schools in the next two years and would raise some taxes to pay for it. Most state residents, however, would see a drop in their ...


In new case, WTO rules against Washington state's tax breaks for Boeing 777X plants :


The WTO ruled Monday that the business-tax reduction granted by Washington state to Boeing in 2013 for the forthcoming 777X jet is a prohibited subsidy. Experts on both sides say the reality on the ground ...


Dashboard Helps Washington Track State Agencies' Open Data Progress:


In the ongoing quest to bring residents and municipalities the open data they want and need, Washington state is simultaneously assessing its own progress toward that goal with a new online dashboard ...


Inland Northwest Economic Developments, Fall 2016:


The following are projects, initiatives and economic developments making news in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. This email is distributed by the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance (INEA) on behalf ...


Seattle book exchange program promotes the city:


Introduced during the United States' National Literacy Month in September, Boston, Chicago and Austin each have three Travel site Visit Seattle partnered with the Little Free Library book exchange ...


University of Washington launches historic $5 billion philanthropic campaign:


The University of Washington on Friday is launching the public phase of its most ambitious philanthropic campaign in history, with a goal of raising $5 billion by the year 2020. The campaign, called ...


The State of Washington expands program aimed at attracting successful urban entrepreneurs to mentor rural business people:


Washington has been more attuned than most states to the reality that creating successful economies in rural communities results from helping them grow and nurture what they have rather than merely trying ...


Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope:


Seattle and Vancouver are like fraternal twins separated at birth. Both are bustling Pacific Northwest coastal cities with eco-conscious populations that have accepted the bargain of dispiriting weather ...


Boise-born entrepreneur Matt Oppenheimer rises in Seattle financial-tech sector:


Business leaders, politicos and many others know his family name. The Oppenheimers are a Boise legacy. Matt Oppenheimer's grandfather started the Oppenheimer Cos. food processing, sales, and ...


Washington Debuts Scalable Job Match Website for Highly Mobile Workforce:


The new WorkSourceWA http://worksourcewa.com/ platform supports collaboration between the technology platform, future employees, workforce stakeholders and recruitment services. by Jessica Renee ...


Is this booming Northwest land a paradise or disaster waiting to happen? :


It was here before anyone made a map and called this corner of it the Pacific Northwest. "To me," said David McCloskey, waving an aging hand toward tidelands formed millenniums ago, "it's an energy ...


Downtown Spokane Macy's bids due Wednesday:


Historic retail buildings sold by Macy's in other downtown areas typically have been redeveloped for mixed uses - retail on the bottom floors and residential, office or hotel space above. By Addy ...


Google Makes a Big Move in Seattle:


The new office complexes will be nearly double the size of Google's massive Kirkland campus, which itself recently doubled in size after an expansion project. by Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times Full ...


Inland Northwest Economic Developments, Winter 2016:


The following are projects, initiatives and economic developments making news in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. This email is distributed by the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance (INEA) on behalf ...


High-Capacity Data Centers Blindsided by Increase in Utilities Charges:


The electricity rate would more than double in Chelan County, Wash., which would have dire consequences for data centers in the area. by Christine Pratt, The Wenatchee World, Wash. Full Story: ...


Lawmakers geek out over Washington state's rising space industry:


Washington state legislators got an introduction to the state's space industry today at Seattle's Museum of Flight - and voiced amazement at how much is going on. "I feel so illiterate in this field, ...


Spokane on track to add 6,000 jobs this year :


The greater Spokane region is on track to add 6,000 jobs this year, the highest number since 2007-2008, according to the latest figures from the Washington Employment Security Department. Spokane County's ...


Salesforce Plans To Double Seattle Area Workforce, Open New Office:




State says growing economy is reason for more traffic congestion:


If you're like most people, you're discouraged about the increasing amount of time you're spending in traffic in the Seattle area. The state says it's economic growth that's causing the problem. By ...


Seattle, in Midst of Tech Boom, Tries to Keep Its Soul:


For years, business leaders here have closely studied the San Francisco region, seeking to emulate the way it churns out so many leading technology companies. In large measure, those efforts worked. ...


Glowforge hits $1 million pre-order mark for its 3-D laser printer in the first 12 hours.:


Shapiro's enterprise, Glowforge, enables other people -- designers, small-business owners, hobbyists, parents -- to create things with a 3-D laser printer that can sit on a small desk. The small machine ...


Comcast chooses Liberty Lake, WA site for customer service center:




County's fast approval of broadband-boosting towers draws :



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