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Sen. Karen Keiser answers questions about SB 5061 ahead of floor vote

Senate Bill 5061, legislation that would prevent a drastic increase in unemployment taxes for businesses and increase the minimum weekly unemployment benefit for workers, will...Read More

Labor advocates are concerned with SB 5061 in its current form

There is concern among labor advocates that SB 5061 — a bill that would provide unemployment insurance tax relief for businesses and increase the minimum...Read More

How Republicans would like to see SB 5061 change in the amendatory process

Legislative Republicans support most of the tax relief provisions in Senate Bill 5061, though they would like to extend the period employers won’t be held...Read More

Rep. Timm Ormsby provides update on covid relief legislation

Rep. Timm Ormsby (D – Spokane), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, is the prime sponsor of the Democratic COVID-19 relief package. The bill is...Read More

Takeaways from House Appropriations Work Session on Stokesbary’s covid relief package

The House Appropriations Committee held a work session this week for Rep. Drew Stokesbary’s $4 billion COVID-19 economic relief package. The work session followed a...Read More

Stokesbary proposes $4 billion recovery package

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, unveiled a $4 billion economic recovery package yesterday afternoon. Titled, the REAL Recovery for Washington...Read More

2021 policy committee cutoff: what passed and who had the most bills

Between both chambers, 463 bills passed out of policy committees before the Monday cutoff. House policy committees passed 216 total bills and Senate committees passed...Read More

Morning Wire: Policy cutoff, Targeting economic development, The “double pandemic”

Wire publisher DJ Wilson has a story out this morning on our sister site about the South African variant and what “chronic COVID” could mean. He draws upon data from...Read More

Morning Wire: Floor action, Rep. Noel Frame, Sen. Shelly Short

The House adopted a resolution celebrating Black History Month yesterday and Rep. David Hackney delivered prayer, which we encourage you to check out. Equity is on the agenda this...Read More

Morning Wire: How WA is doing, Rep. Alex Ybarra, COVID relief packages

It’s hard to believe we’re in the third week of session. While I’ve been covering the goings-on through a computer screen and a corded phone, the...Read More