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With the Legislature preparing to convene in Olympia Jan. 11 for its scheduled 60-day session, we are now beginning to get glimpses of how the governor and the majority party plan...

Dec. 16, 2009

Just before “Black Friday” last week, a Seattle radio station randomly interviewed people, asking how much they would spend for Christmas gifts this year. Most said they would be spending less,...

Dec. 2, 2009

A USA Today study said property taxes are at the highest in consuming part of income since 1992. Nationally, it noted more taxes are paid toward property compared to income and...

Sept. 23, 2009

It may be fitting that Oct. 31 — Halloween — is also the due date for payment of the second half of your property tax bill. After all, that bill can...

Sept. 16, 2009

A question I am frequently asked is: “Where does the lottery money go? I thought it was supposed to go to schools.” Many people may be surprised to know that after...

Sept. 2, 2009

If your car tabs are set to expire in September, you probably have received (or soon will) a renewal notice from the Department of Licensing. The renewal notice will appear nearly...

Aug. 26, 2009

In two weeks, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be accepting bids for tree harvest to thin 70 acres of state trust lands 21 miles northeast of Sedro-Woolley. It's...

Aug. 12, 2009

For the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington The state seems to always be looking for new and creative ways to separate citizens from their hard-earned money. Last fall, horse boarding operations nearly...

May 27, 2009

Last December when the governor unveiled her state operating budget proposal, she asked the Legislature to refrain from tax increases. “Now is not the time to be raising taxes on our...

May 20, 2009

Rural areas rely on funds to maintain same quality education as affluent districts The funding gap between the state's wealthier and poorer school districts got much wider Friday evening after House...

April 24, 2009