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House Democrat introduces bill highlighting job training needs in rural counties

Washington Republicans have been identifying themselves as the party representing rural voters. They make those arguments when talking about water rights as it relates to...Read More

Gov. Jay Inslee criticizes Senate’s proposed cuts to Western State Hospital

This article is crossposted on State of Reform, a health policy news site.  Gov. Jay Inslee came out strongly against the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’...Read More

Senate transportation budget faces criticism at public hearing for proposed actions on collective bargaining

Leaders in Washington transportation expressed their support or opposition to the Senate’s proposed transportation budget Tuesday afternoon. The budget appropriates $8.4 billion for the upcoming...Read More

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus presented their proposal for the 2017-2019 budget Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Fenner.)

Senate majority releases their proposed budget

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released their proposed budget Tuesday morning that would increase property taxes as a major revenue mechanism, saying it will meet...Read More

Screencapture of the Senate Transportation Committee's 2017-19 proposed budget.

Proposed Senate transportation budget at $8.4 billion

The Senate Transportation Committee released their proposed transportation budget for the 2017-2019 biennium Monday, and it’s tighter than the 2015-2017 budget by more than $270...Read More

House carbon tax bill sees hours of supportive, critical public testimony

A bill that would introduce a statewide carbon tax was heard in the House Environment committee and was met with about two hours of testimony,...Read More

Rep. Kristine Lytton and Sen. Christine Rolfes mugshots courtesy of Washington Legislature. Statehouse photo by Erin Fenner.

Democrats say they hope Republicans will make compromises on Hirst bill

Democrats are not totally on board with Republicans' proposed fix to the Hirst Decision....Read More

AG Bob Ferguson seeking a travel ban hearing

The fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban is far from over....Read More

Well water case’s costs could hit urban areas, Republicans argue

Prior to the Hirst Decision, counties deferred to the state and, more specifically, the Department of Ecology in issues of personal well permitting....Read More

From left: Rep. Matt Manweller. R-Ellensburg, and Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, speak at a regular press conference about issues including a their stance on a carbon tax. (Photo by Erin Fenner.)

State Republicans reiterate their stance on a possible carbon tax: No

Republicans are not warming to a carbon tax anytime soon....Read More