Virtual Conversation | Recapping the 2021 Session: Legislative Republicans, May 18, 2021 Register

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State-funded policy changes would increase spending by $3.214 billion in 2021–23

Earlier I wrote about the 2021 supplemental budget passed by the Legislature on Sunday. The Legislature also passed a 2021–23 operating budget. Because the governor has not...Read More

WSHA calls on Inslee to veto section of public option bill

In a letter sent to Governor Jay Inslee’s office on Tuesday evening, the Washington State Hospital Association called on the governor to veto a portion...Read More

Q&A: Rep. Marilyn Strickland on how Congress can help localities build more housing near transit

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) announced this month that she is cosponsoring an updated version of H.R.2483, the Build More Housing Near Transit Act, to incentivize...Read More

Washington will become second state to adopt cap-and-trade law. But what happens next really matters

Climate advocates in Washington are celebrating the passage of a second-in-the-nation economy-wide carbon pricing bill, which Governor Inslee is eager to sign. The legislation won...Read More

Q&A: Representative Eileen Cody on the 2021 session

Representative Eileen Cody was raised on her family’s farm in Iowa. After earning her associate’s and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Cody began...Read More

Washington State ranks 26th for federal COVID relief

Washington State ranks 26th in the country for the amount of federal COVID aid it has received through April 15, 2021, according to the latest...Read More

The 2021 legislative session by the numbers

The Legislature adjourned Sunday after a session defined by the unique virtual manner in which it was conducted and the wide range of issues before...Read More

Morning Wire: Capital gains tax passes, Budgets, Republican response

This was an impressive session for progressives, the likes of which we haven’t seen since either the 1993 session. The challenge for them now will...Read More

How health equity showed up in the legislature this session

The past year has shined a spotlight on the systemic inequities that proliferate the nation. In Washington, a theme of the session seemed to be...Read More

Legislature passes 2021-23 operating budget, making use of state revenue and COVID relief funds

On the last day of the legislative session, Washington legislators passed their 2021-2023 operating budget, appropriating $10.6 billion in COVID-19 federal stimulus funds and $59...Read More