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Tax revenue up $345 million, but wheat exports down after GMO discovery

September 25, 2013 J

Economic figures released today show that Washington state is on a slow path to economic recovery, with strong growth in retail sales, construction activity and car sales. Overall, the state is on track to collect $345 million more in tax revenue in the current two-year budget cycle than forecasted in June. Of that $345 million, [...]

Revenue forecast for state increases by $368 million

September 25, 2013 J

OLYMPIA – Washington state government has been raising more revenue than initially expected as the economy continues to improve, officials said Wednesday. The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected that tax collections over the next two years will be more than $200 million greater than expected when state lawmakers adjourned at the end of June. Total [...]

Washington state revenue forecast exceeding projections

September 25, 2013 J

OLYMPIA – Washington state government has been raising more revenue than initially expected as the economy continues to improve, officials said Wednesday. The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected that tax collections over the next two years will be more than $200 million greater than expected when state lawmakers adjourned at the end of June. Total [...]

SEIU union members protest pay, health care changes at St. John

September 25, 2013 J

Members of St. John Medical Center’s biggest union gathered outside the hospital Wednesday to protest a contract proposal that offers a 1 percent pay raise over two years and would sharply increase their health insurance deductibles. They noted they are being asked to sacrifice even though top PeaceHealth administrators recently received big pay raises. Nearly [...]

Companies send employees to private health exchanges

September 25, 2013 J

Walgreen Co. is joining a growing push from big businesses to shift more responsibility for finding insurance onto their employees as health care costs continue to climb. The nation’s largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will send workers to a private health insurance exchange where they will pick from as many as 25 plans instead [...]

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