House budget proposal seeks $3 billion in new revenue

House Democrats have released a two-year budget plan that proposes $3 billion in additional revenue - including a tax increase on some businesses and a new capital gains tax - to address a court mandate to increase state spending on basic education.

Bills aim to aid job seekers with criminal history

Washington state lawmakers are considering measures that would "ban the box," which means certain employers would not be allowed to force an applicant to check a box if they have a criminal history until after the person is determined to be otherwise qualified for the job.