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Gov. Inslee announces $675 million plan to “transform” Washington’s behavioral health system

Washington Governor Jay Inslee formally announced a $675 million plan yesterday that aims to guide a transformation of Washington’s behavioral health system as part of...Read More

Seattle launching online registration system for short-term rentals

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services announced yesterday the city’s new registration system for short-term rentals will launch on Jan. 2, 2019. The city...Read More

Task force narrows recommendations for improving school-construction funding

The Improving State Funding for School Construction Joint Legislative Task Force held a meeting yesterday, in which members discussed recommendations due to the legislature December...Read More

Amazon adds Senate aide to public-policy team

Amazon is continuing its hiring sweep of Congress, adding its third Democratic aide in a month. Tina Tower joins the tech giant as a program...Read More

Sawant votes no on $5.9 bill Seattle budget, cites lack of affordable housing funds

Monday, the Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to pass a $5.9 billion city budget proposal for 2019-2020. Its passage means next year’s budget will be $300...Read More

Washington L&I closing in on changes to overtime exemptions

As the 2019 legislative session fast approaches, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is in its final stages of refining major labor-law rule...Read More

Sports betting: Would it hurt or help Washington’s horse-racing industry?

When the U.S. Supreme Court held the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional in May 2018, it left the decision whether or not...Read More

Commissioner Franz Lays Out $90 Million Request for Orca, Salmon Habitat

Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced a nearly $90 million package of aquatic habitat protections and improvements to be carried out by the...Read More

Greater Seattle Partners to seek IPZ designation, more eyes on Washington AI

In his presentation to the House Technology & Economic Development committee on Tuesday, Dr. Joseph Williams shared that there are currently “179 startup companies operated...Read More

This new rule is the biggest change in state labor law since the $15 minimum wage

In what has the potential to be the most significant change in labor law since the advent of the $15 minimum wage, the Washington State...Read More