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Washington lawmakers react to failed farm bill

Friday morning the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the $897 billion House farm bill by a vote of 198-213. Thirty Republicans joined 183 Democratic Representatives...Read More

Constitutionality of Washington charter schools argued in state Supreme Court

Arguments centered on collective bargaining, local accountability, funding, and supervisory authority of charter schools in Washington state....Read More

DOL terminates data contracts with federal immigration agencies

The DOL reports they have terminated 4 federal contracts and restructured 9 additional contracts related to data sharing and immigration....Read More

Report: Washington leads nation in energy efficiency jobs

The latest U.S. Energy and Employment report shows Washington State leading the country in energy efficiency jobs. According to the report, these energy jobs in...Read More

How economic anxiety underpins the opposition to Amazon in Seattle

The recent discussion on the “head tax” in Seattle opened up cultural fault lines in a region that is changing as rapidly as any in...Read More

One reason the push back on the head tax was so strong

The perception of Seattle's “spending efficiency problem,” especially when it comes to homelessness, plays a major role in the opposition to the head tax....Read More

Washington State has nation’s fastest growing economy for 2nd year

Washington State GDP numbers come in at the top spot among US states for second year in a row....Read More

Morning Wire: filing week, I-940, artificial intelligence

Changes in Washington's mental health system and early highlights from filing week are featured in this week's Morning Wire....Read More

Inslee, Wyman announce funding for 2018 statewide ballot return postage

Gov. Inslee and Secretary of State Wyman announced they have secured funding for statewide ballot return postage in the 2018 Primary and General Elections....Read More

Three stories on artificial intelligence that highlight the gap between policy and the marketplace

These three stories highlight how far behind our public policy discussions are relative to new technology, a trend likely to continue....Read More