Economy

City Action Days: Panelists review issues ahead for municipalities

It may not feel like it, but there are pressing issues unrelated to funding education, and a panel at City Action Days, hosted by the Association of Washington Cities, looked over some of those issues Wednesday afternoon. Well water Bill Clarke, policy director for Washington Realtors, said one of the more important legislative issues had...Read More

Press release: Gov. Jay Inslee names new director of Results Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee today named Inger Brinck director of Results Washington, Inslee’s initiative to make state government more effective. Launched in 2013, Results Washington tracks and works with agencies and partners on nearly 200 metrics related to education, the economy, the environment, health, safety and government effectiveness. More than half those measures are on track...Read More

Paid family leave gets another hearing in House committee, no vote

A bill that would provide a funding mechanism for Washington’s paid family leave statute was heard, but didn’t get a vote at the House Appropriations committee hearing Thursday. “As most of you are probably aware, there was a framework for family leave insurance enacted in 2007,” said Joan Elgee, counselor to the Labor and Workforce...Read More

Roanoke: What is a bipartisan solution to helping homeless people?

There’s bipartisan agreement when it comes to homelessness, at least as far as identifying that it’s a problem that needs fixing. But there’s division when it comes to lawmakers identifying solutions to getting people housed. At the annual Roanoke Conference, a gathering of Washington Republicans, panelists discussed the issue, the different philosophies surrounding it and...Read More

Olympia’s Maritime Day brings in port business input

Keep Washington Competitive is scheduled to meet with members of the Washington Maritime Federation as part of the Federation’s Ports and Maritime Day in Olympia on Tuesday, according to a release sent out by KWC. The two groups will discuss regulatory legislation and infrastructure investments. Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg), Rep. Norma Smith (R-Clinton), and Rep....Read More

Lawmakers hear legislation that would fund paid family leave

A previous version of this story said that benefits would be paid out to employees working at companies with eight or more employees, but under the bill in its form as of Jan. 19, the benefit would actually extend to employees at all companies. A bill that could make paid family leave a reality for...Read More

How would Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax work?

A presentation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax proposal was met with a mix of skepticism and praise at the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications committee work session Thursday. The tax would amount to $25 per ton of fossil fuels (which could add about 25 cents per gallon of gas at the pump) and increase...Read More

Gov. Jay Inslee makes push for his budget plan, GOP not on board

Gov. Jay Inslee largely focused on his proposed budget for the 2017 State of the State. Though he touched on the economy, mental health care and national politics, most of the speech was centered on how he wants to use tax increases (including a new carbon tax, a capital gains tax and a hike on...Read More
Erin Fenner

Could Washington be a home to virtual reality tech?

Washington is positioned to lead a tech boom with an emphasis on virtual reality technology, a group of virtual reality leaders told the House Technology and Development Committee Tuesday. The group appearing for a committee work session represented investment companies, producers and organizations oriented around incubating emerging technology start-ups. They told the committee why they...Read More

Two bills that were introduced on Day 1 of the state legislative session

The 2017 Washington state legislative session is officially underway and lawmakers have already introduced dozens of bills. The first day of the session was largely occupied by swearing in lawmakers, but hefty policy proposals on education from Democrats and Republicans are expected in the first weeks. In the meantime, here’s a couple thing lawmakers filed before session...Read More