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Awash in money, lawmakers propose big increases in spending

Small business owners and schoolchildren hurt by the pandemic will see some financial relief with approval of state supplemental budget proposals now under consideration. “We’re looking at the basics, food, shelter, health and... — Updated 3/11/2022


Future fund would help close income gap, supporters say

Young adults will be able to access a fund years from now to give them a boost if lawmakers pass a bill aimed at narrowing the gap between the rich and poor. Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, sponsor of HB 1861, said the... — Updated 3/11/2022

 By Marcy Stamper    Money

Minimum wage going up in 2022

Workers in Washington in a variety of jobs will get a boost in their paychecks starting next year. As of Jan. 1, Washington workers must earn at least $14.49 per hour. That wage includes a 5.83% increase in the Consumer Price... — Updated 12/29/2021


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