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Elway Poll: A Glimmer of Hope For a Transportation Package?

There was some thought that lower gas prices might ease opposition to a gas tax hike. Opposition may have eased, but it has not diminished. Overall opposition was virtually identical to results in 2013 when 63%were opposed. The proportion who found it “unacceptable” did go down, however, from 44% to 37%.

Two More Prefiled Cannabis Bills, Senator River’s Promised 48 Page MMJ Cleanup Up Is In

Washington Heads Toward An Almost Single Regulatory Platform The long awaited full rewrite of the state’s Medical Marijuana (MMJ) law was prefiled for introduction Thursday by State Senator Rivers, R-18th. SB5052 is cosponsored by Senator Hatfield, D- 19th, who also introduced another cannabis bill dealing with the transport of cannabis within the legal production, processing

Inslee Seeks Tax Rebate for Low-Income Families

Inslee wants to resurrect the “Working Families Tax Rebate” — a tax break approved by the Legislature in 2008 but never funded. The program would give rebates averaging $223 a year to families who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

With Fireworks and Celebration, Seattle Crowds Welcome 2015

Thousands of people braved the below-freezing temperatures to celebrate the new year at Seattle Center, where, as they have been for decades, fireworks were set off from the Space Needle. An estimated 400,000 people watched the fireworks from surrounding neighborhoods and a half-million tuned in to the fireworks broadcast on KING 5.

Lawsuit Filed Against New Gun Background-Check Law

Opponents of a new expanded gun background-check measure in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, asking a federal judge to block parts of the law that involve transfers of firearms. The goal of the lawsuit is not to stop background checks, but to change the language surrounding the transfers.

Inslee Proposes Change To Sales Tax Exemption

Under the proposal, non-Washington residents would need to pay state sales tax and then apply for a refund using receipts. The state would get additional revenue from customers who didn’t go to the trouble of claiming their refunds.

2014 – The Year In Energy

Coal continued to be the fastest growing energy source in the world. China has passed the U.S. in electricity generation. China built almost 600 coal-fired power plants in only 18 years beginning in 1992. China is steadily firing up new nuclear reactors and will begin construction of a new nuclear reactor every three weeks on average for the next few decades.

How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats

There’s the rub. Insofar as public unions secure for their members better pay, more generous benefits, and work rules shielding them from management discretion government doesn’t perform as well—and, consequently, neither do Democrats.

No Health Insurance? Penalties to Rise in 2015

The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law.