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Still no progress on budget
Still no progress on budget (Washington state legislative website)
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Budget Shutdown Could Have Ripple Effect Across State

If legislators fail to reach a budget agreement and it's not signed before 12:01 am July 1st, there could be repercussions beyond the estimated 26,000 state workers who would be furloughed.

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lottery warning
lottery warning (Washington's Lottery)
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Budget Showdown Could Shut Down Washington’s Lottery!

Forget the 26,000 state employees who've received notifications of pending furloughs July 1st. if legislators don't come up with a state budget.  The Lottery would also stop!

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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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Negotiators reach budget deal in Olympia
Negotiators reach budget deal in Olympia (Washington state legislative website)
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WA Negotiators Reach Budget Agreement, Won’t Say if New Taxes Involved

At least Washington state probably won't go into July facing a shutdown, like last year. But will new taxes be part of the budget compromise reached in Olympia? Plan still has to be approved by legislators.

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10 Items to Never Buy Cheap

If knock-off Cheerios are 2 cents cheaper, I go with the knock-offs. I'm all about saving money. But with some items QUALITY MATTERS. Don't ever skimp on these 10 items.

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SAVE on Blues and Brews tickets if you're a Newstalk VIP!
SAVE on Blues and Brews tickets if you're a Newstalk VIP! (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Newstalk VIP’s – SAVE on Untapped Tickets with This Weeks Special!

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Dmitriy Shironosov
Dmitriy Shironosov
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Do You Feel Tri-Cities People Use Their Money Wisely? [POLL]

I've seen a lot of news articles lately about family budgets. The Washington Post recently gave Tri-Cities top marks for how far paychecks can go (how affordable food, rent and other necessities are). Do you think people here are wise with their paychecks?

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Gov. Inslee seeks carbon tax to pay for rebates for low income earners
Gov. Inslee seeks carbon tax to pay for rebates for low income earners (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee Seeks To Resurrect State Tax Credits For Low-Income Familes

Wednesday Governor Jay Inslee visited with low-income workers in Yakima, as well as college students at CWU in Ellensburg, in support of his goal to bring back a never-used state tax rebate program.

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Washington Healthplan Finder triple bills clients
Washington Healthplan Finder triple bills clients (Washington state healthcare exchange)
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WA Healthcare Exchange Triple-Bills Clients – Officials “Looking Into” Problem

Realistically, the Washington Healthcare Exchange got off to a decent start, with few problems, and a fair amount of people enrolling; although the numbers were not near expected goals.  But since last fall, it's endured an increasing amount of mix ups and serious issues.

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Attorney in shooting claim has been reprimanded, suspended in past
Attorney in shooting claim has been reprimanded, suspended in past (Franklin County website image)
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Yakima Attorney Suing Pasco for $25 Million Has Spotted Past

The attorney representing the widow of Antonio Zambrano-Montes has had some issues with the Washington State Bar Association in his legal career.

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