‘Make or break’: Washington business groups lobby for tax cuts, easing of COVID-19 restrictions

After surviving 10 months of shutdowns, heavy layoffs, steep losses and chronic uncertainty, many businesses in Washington say they won’t see the end of the pandemic without significant help from state lawmakers. But one week into the 2021 legislative session, prospects for that relief are anything but clear.   The good news: There’s strong bipartisan […]

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Coronavirus daily news updates, January 16: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

On the day the global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million, United States health officials warned that the variant of the coronavirus first identified in Britain could become the dominant source of infection in the country by March. In Washington, none of the state’s eight regions is ready to progress to Phase 2 of […]

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Washington state House votes to extend Inslee’s COVID orders until end of state of emergency

OLYMPIA — The Washington State House of Representatives voted to extend Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 emergency orders, despite Republican objection to the length of the extension. Similar to the Senate debate Tuesday, Republicans introduced amendments to shorten the length of time the emergency orders will stay in place, currently set to expire when the COVID […]

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