Every lawmaker has a story to tell about his or her political awakening – of the cause that needed championing, of an issue stuck too long on the Legislature’s backburner, or a system failing those it was set up to serve. It’s an oft-cited element of stump speeches, and a vital crutch in a business […]
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s legislative career was at a crossroads two years ago following the 2012 election cycle. Ericksen, a Republican from Ferndale, was midway through his first term in the Senate after serving since 1998 in the House.
A $7 billion investment in transportation could yield six times that in economic benefit and 184,000 jobs, the Washington Roundtable said in a new study Tuesday.
Over the last 30 years, the Republican Party in Washington state has entered a two-year budget biennium with one of its own as the Senate’s chief budget writer exactly five times.
The Washington state Office of Financial Management is pushing back the release of a key economic analysis on a potential low-carbon fuels standard.
In the seven hours Linea spent waiting for a psychiatric bed to open up, she witnessed patients tied to gurneys in the hallways and others sedated for acting out in a psychotic episode.
Almost 10 years after instituting financial incentives for Washington residents to install solar panels, the state is debating if those tax breaks are too generous for an electricity source that amounts to a pittance of its renewable energy portfolio.
The case in question resulted in the largest ever settlement payout by the state in a child abuse case — $9.75 million for five siblings who suffered terrible abuse at the hands of their parents. Faced with a tough case, internal records show that the AG’s office signed contracts with experts for hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to downplay the long-term psychological problems the five siblings could be expected to experience.
Round Up: Washington Daily Newspaper Editorial Boards So Far All Reject Initiative 1351, the ‘Class-Size Reduction’ Initiative
Though a recent poll suggests Washington state voters seem poised to approve Initiative 1351, the state’s newspaper editorial boards are so far all thumbs down.
The Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and International Union of Operating Engineers said Thursday that they’ve endorsed a proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver and have reached an agreement with the project’s backers to ensure the terminal would be built with union labor.
While the state sees a dramatic decline in applications, Tacoma and Seattle worry about those already approved. It’s hard to say how many more charter schools might be coming down the pike, given the drop-off in numbers. Still, the Tacoma board is considering lobbying the legislature to change the law in a way that instructs the commission to consider how many charter schools are in any given city.