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New budget puts advance ticket sales on hold
New budget puts advance ticket sales on hold (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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New State Budget Puts Brakes on Advance WA Lottery Tix Sales

The passage of a state budget at the last minute kept Washington's Lottery from suspending services, but the new budget is going to limit how far in advance you can buy tickets.

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Controversial labor union center shut down by legislative cuts
Controversial labor union center shut down by legislative cuts (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Controversial Labor Research Center Defunded by State Legislature

Known as the LERC, or Labor Education Research Center, it was essentially put out of business when the legislature approved the recent budget. Why?

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Legislators finally approve budget
Legislators finally approve budget (Washington state legislative website)
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Reactions Mixed on Passage of State Budget – Teachers Union Protesting

It largely depends upon which side of the political arena you are on.

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Worksource Tri Cities
Worksource Tri Cities (Worksource)
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Benton, Franklin Counties Unemployment Rates Rise Slightly

Benton, Franklin Counties saw a slight increase in their unemployment rates from April to May.  We're two of 20 counties with rates that fall between 6 and 8 percent.

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Legislators still battling over transportation, budget issues
Legislators still battling over transportation, budget issues (Washington state legislative website)
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Deja-Vu…Washington State Government Shutdown Looming July 1

It appeared legislators were going to be able to get a budget hammered out, and we could avoid the potential shutdown of state services, like almost happened in 2014.

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AT&T Hit with lawsuit claiming unfair slowing of data speeds
AT&T Hit with lawsuit claiming unfair slowing of data speeds (Getty images)
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AT&T Hit With Data Speed Lawsuit, Claims Company Slowed Speeds on Purpose

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is suing the cellphone communications giant, claiming it purposely slowed the data transfer rate for clients who have their unlimited data package.  Company says it will refute the claims.

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Unemployment rate drops just below national average
Unemployment rate drops just below national average (Newstalk 870 file image-getty images)
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Washington State Unemployment Rate Dips Below National Average

For the first time since May of 2014, the Washington state unemployment rate dropped just below the national average.

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Legislator wants $13 minimum wage in Oregon
Legislator wants $13 minimum wage in Oregon (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Oregon Legislator Proposes $13 Minimum Wage

It's creeping south, but a little less than the Washington state plans passed in Seattle.

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Oregon approves some consumer pumping, but not everywhere
Oregon approves some consumer pumping, but not everywhere (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
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Oregon Senate Approves Self-Serve Gas Stations, But There’s a Catch

Before you get too excited about the Oregon State Senate signing off an finally approving self-pumping gas stations, there's a catch.   Actually lots of them.

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Group promises legal action if legislature approves capital gains tax
Group promises legal action if legislature approves capital gains tax (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Group Warns of Lawsuit if New State Budget Includes Capital Gains Tax

Few details have come out Friday from a reported budget settlement by negotiators in Olympia. But one powerful group warns if there's a capital gains tax attached to the budget proposal, there will be legal action.

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