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Orca recovery bills alive after cutoff

Over 550 bills are still in play. And, as foreshadowed in Gov. Inslee’s State of the State address and investments in his proposed budget, many...Read More

Op-ed: WA nurses, frontline caregivers fighting for statewide patient safety standards

When frontline hospital caregivers and nurses miss rest breaks and meals, or work too many long shifts, it doesn’t just impact us, it impacts patient...Read More

Morning Wire: Capital gains tax, budget updates, Sen. Doug Ericksen

Some of the most important topics in Washington State politics, written with smart brevity, for your quick read....Read More

“Fix Our Tax Code Plan” has public hearing

A substitute Senate bill that would make changes to Washington’s tax code, including the introduction of a tax on capital gains, had a public hearing...Read More

Wire Insider: Kathy Lambert

Kathy Lambert is a King County Councilmember. She joins us as a "Wire Insider" to discuss renewable energy and technologies to manage waste....Read More

Frockt ‘disappointed’ by Republicans’ refusal to vote for capital budget funding

Senate Republicans on Monday blocked funding for the 2019-21 Capital construction budget by voting against SHB 1101, which had received unanimous, bipartisan support in the...Read More

Where the “$2.8 billion surplus” number comes from

As operating budget proposals are rolled out, debated, amended, and voted on, Washington House Democrats and Republicans have repeatedly contradicted each other on a fundamental...Read More

Op-ed: Taxing home, auto and business insurance policies to pay for wildfire is unfair to insurance consumers

Kenton Brine is the President of the NW Insurance Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information about Property & Casualty insurance to consumers, media,...Read More

Transportation budget clears Senate

The 2019-21 Transportation budget cleared the Senate on Thursday with unanimous support....Read More

House capital budget allocates $32.75 million more to UW behavioral health hospital than Senate’s

Both the House and the Senate 2019-21 capital budget proposals provide funding for a behavioral health teaching hospital at the University of Washington -- but...Read More